Saudi Arabia -Stop beheading women in the name of  " Witchcraft and Sorcery"
  • Petitioned Mohammed Alesa

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Justice
Mohammed Alesa
Special Rapporteur on violence against women
Ms Rashida Manjoo
Head of State
King Abdullah
Minister of culture and information
Dr Abdulaziz Khoja

Saudi Arabia -Stop beheading women in the name of " Witchcraft and Sorcery"

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

Saudi Arabia ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2000, with reservations, stating, "In case of contradiction between any term of the Convention and the norms of Islamic law, the Kingdom is not under obligation to observe the contradictory terms of the Convention."  Based on Saudi Arabia's interpretation and implementation of Islamic law, this reservation acts to nullify some of CEDAW's articles. To date, the Saudi government has not filed any follow-up reports to CEDAW, nor has it taken any steps to bring its national laws into conformity with the universal standards on women's human rights.

The Interior Ministry informed that, Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser, a 60 year old  Saudi Women  was  beheaded d for " sorcery charges " on Dec 12th in the northern province of al-Jawf. It gave no further details of the charges against her.

The charges of 'witchcraft and sorcery' are not defined as crimes in Saudi Arabia and to use them to subject someone to the cruel and extreme penalty of execution is truly appalling. The charge of sorcery has often been used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Beauchamp DAYTON, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Witchcraft doesn't exist. It doesn't exist anywhere on the planet.

    • Richard Seeger CHEBOYGAN, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is a freedom of religion and should be permitted so it doesn't become "The Saudi Witch Trials".

    • Jacqui Trevillian DIGGERS REST, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      what else can you really expect from such a backwards, patriarchal culture?

    • june bullied TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      what a hellhole for females. i'd shoot myself if i lived there.

    • Carolin Southern HIGHLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm a witch, and I've never used witchcraft to harm, only to heal. I do not worship, or "derive my powers from" the devil and do not believe in the existence of this mythical creature. Women (and men) like me exist worldwide and we are not evil. I would imagine that, like in the witch-hunts of Europe, centuries ago, that many of these women aren't witches at all, just unpopular or different, anyway. Everyone should be entitled to freedom of religious and spiritual belief.


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