Protest Saudi Arabia’s Child Executions: #AliAl_Nimr March in NYC on August 19
On August 19, the same day on which the United Nations commemorates Humanitarian Day, a march in solidarity against Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations — which the United Nations (UN) has failed to address — will take place. Though Saudi Arabia heads the UN Human Rights Commission, the country’s record of human rights is deplorable.
In 2016 alone, the Saudi Arabian government has beheaded over 100 people. And, of those currently on death row, these three cases have elicited worldwide outrage: Ali Mohammed Al Nimr, Abdullah Al Zaher and Dawood Al Marhoon. These three individuals, who were children at the time of conviction, are facing a horrific fate simply because of their participation in a protest for democracy.
The Humanitarian Day Protest to Stop Child Executions takes place on August 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY.
According to International Business Times:
“Nimr faces execution alongside a number of other young men, most of whom were sentenced for their roles in the pro-democracy Shia protests that took place in 2011 and 2012 as the Middle East reeled from the revolutions of the Arab Spring. When the case came to light in 2015 it attracted global attention, with everyone from the UN to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to TV pundit Bill Maher calling for Saudi to halt the execution.
In a statement on 21 July, Britain’s Foreign Office claimed that it had repeatedly raised three cases in particular — Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher, who were all convicted as juveniles in contravention of international treaties to which Riyadh is a signatory — with the Saudi authorities. ‘We do not expect that these three young men will be executed,’ the statement said.”
Ali Mohammed, who is now 22, was only 17 when he was arrested in 2012. Following his attendance at an anti-government protest, supporters say that he was beaten and coerced into signing a confession. In 2014, he was sentenced to death.
Ali was arrested without a warrant, according to an anti-death penalty charity. The charity also maintains that he has never been able to meet with his lawyer and was not informed of the charges until midway through the proceedings. His own family was allegedly unaware of his case until September 2015 when his appeal was rejected. And, as is customary in Saudi Arabia, families are not informed in advance as to when executions will take place.
The three, who were at one time in solitary confinement, have since been released to cells which they share with cellmates. For continuing updates on this situation, please follow @eshaLegal on Twitter.