What You Can Do To Help Stop The Saudi Arabian Crucifixion Of A Free Speech / Women’s Rights Activist #OpNimr
Ali Al Nimr, a young Saudi Arabian activist, has been sentenced to crucifixion — which could take place at any time now. Protests will take place on Friday, November 13th, in Washington D.C., at two locations: from 11:00–2:00 ET at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and at 2:00–3:00 ET at the White House. Click here for background on Nimr’s case.
MintPress News reports that Saudi Arabia has already carried out a record number of executions this year and still managed snag a seat on a significant panel which is part of the U.N. Human Rights Council. And, Saudi Arabia has already beheaded almost twice as many people as ISIS has this year.
I had the opportunity to talk to Esha Krishnaswamy, the Nimr family’s legal counsel. The most important element in the movement to halt Nimr’s execution, stressed by Krishnaswamy, is people taking action. She recommended engaging in protests and getting in touch with elected officials. “Actions matter,” Krishnaswamy said and this is not merely a catchy phrase. Krishnaswamy was able to point to a similar case in which the actions of individuals around the world resulted in the Saudi Arabian King granting a pardon.
In 2007, a gang rape took place in Qatif, a small Shiite town in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The woman, who was referred to as the “Qatif girl,” met with a former boyfriend to get a retrieve a photograph of herself from him. They were sitting together in a car when seven men attacked, raping both of them.
The woman and her former boyfriend were sentenced to 90 lashes for being together in private, while the attackers received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison, in addition to 80 to 1,000 lashes. By law, in Saudi Arabia, a woman cannot meet in private with a man who is not her husband or a relative. It is a crime, as the Saudi Arabian legal code is based on a strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic law.
Fortunately, due to the ruckus raised locally and around the world, which included lobbying Congress, Saudi King Abdullah ended up pardoning the woman and her ex-boyfriend.
To help stop this crucifixion, you can begin by signing one or both of the following petitions:
You can also contact elected officials: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
Watch: Ali Al Nimr’s Father Pleads for Son’s Release & Online Activism Ahead of Crucifixion