Target: US President Barack Obama
Goal: Publicly condemn the flawed judicial procedures and government-approved violence continuing in Saudi Arabia
Recently Saudi Arabia executed seven activist prisoners by firing squad. The United Nations and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have said the trials in which these seven men were sentenced were deeply flawed under Sharia Law and have highlighted this event as a degrading step back for the Kingdom’s human rights practices. Not long before the executions, a cleric brutally raped and murdered his five-year-old daughter. The cleric was arrested but quickly let go free and was only required to pay a small fine of “blood money.” The man said he questioned the virginity of his five-year-old daughter and that’s why he brutally violated her. These examples are only a few of the vast offenses that take place in Saudi Arabia every day.
Not long after these most recent brutal violations of human rights, Secretary of State John Kerry and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have separately made diplomatic visits to Saudi Arabia but according to news sources, the recent violent events were not discussed. While Saudi Arabia is a powerful ally to most of the West, the West, as an advocate for human rights and self-proclaimed epitome of civilization, needs to publicly condemn the horrific violations and injustice occurring within the Kingdom. Sign the petition below to ask President Obama to lead this charge and publicly condemn the flawed judicial procedures and government-approved violence continuing in Saudi Arabia.
Dear President Obama,
Saudi Arabia has recently taken a step back from any progress made for human rights in the region. After the sudden firing squad execution of seven activists and the release of the cleric who raped and murdered his five-year-old daughter, human rights organizations and the United Nations have agreed that the standard for human rights in Saudi Arabia has only degraded in the past year.
Saudi Arabia has actually stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful activists. The government continually fails to protect the rights of millions of women and foreign workers. Thousands of arrested individuals proceed through forced confessions, flawed trials and skewed judicial practices facing arbitrary detention, torture and execution. Within Saudi Arabia, individuals who speak up for human rights or demand fair procedure are silenced quickly, and often quietly, by authorities. Nothing will change unless there is international coverage and uproar against these violations and that will happen if the Western world publicly condemns Saudi Arabia’s judicial procedure.
President Obama, consider my request to condemn the violations occurring at this moment within Saudi borders. I urge you, as an advocate for human rights, to publicly state the West’s negative stance on the Kingdom’s judicial procedures and stand for the rights of marginalized Saudi populations.
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