Target: Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission
Goal: Repeal laws that allow for the brutal punishment and execution of minors.
Unjust and draconian laws in Saudi Arabia allow for the brutal killing of minors as young as 16. This inhumane justice system has been brought to light by a United Nations report, and the time has come to repeal these ghastly rules.
According to the U.N. Committee of the Rights of the Child, Saudi Arabia charges all children over 15 as adults, making them susceptible to flogging and execution by stoning. These harsh convictions are often doled out after brief and incomplete trials that, in the words of the committee, “[fall] short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial.”
Young girls are even more susceptible to injustice in the country. Under Saudi law, females are not considered full subjects and are denied many of the most basic human rights. Crimes against women are often ignored or given lenient sentences; a preacher found guilty of torturing, raping, and murdering his 5-year-old daughter had his charges reduced and was recently released from jail.
The execution of minors, whether by stoning or any other means, is unacceptable. Sign the petition below to demand an end to this barbaric practice.
Dear Dr. Al-Aiban,
I am writing to express my disgust and outrage at your country’s policy of executing minors. Flogging and execution by stoning are barbaric and outdated practices that have no place in our modern world, yet Saudi Arabia consistently uses them to punish and even kill children as young as 16.
Worse still, these executions and punishments are often given arbitrarily, after a trial that fails to give the accused a proper chance of defending his or herself. I understand your dedication to practicing fundamental and traditional religious law, but I implore you to consider amending your laws. Please repeal these outdated and inhumane laws immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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