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Free Saudi Shia Activist Israa Al Ghomgham!
Saudi Shia Female Human Rights Activist Israa Al Ghomgham may face execution for activism. Reports have emerged that the death penalty is no longer being demanded in her case but she still faces life in prison! No Death Penalty For Supporting Human Rights! No life in prison for demanding human rights! Saudi Arabia must free Shia activist Israa Al Ghomgham! Israa Al Ghomgham is a 29-year-old Shia human rights activist from Qatif who was arrested 8 December 2015 along with her husband Musa Al Hashim after a raid was carried out by Saudi security forces. After being in jail for almost 3 years, on 6 August 2018 her case was brought before the notorious Specialised Criminal Court where the public prosecutor demanded the death penalty for Israa Al Ghomgham. 28 October is her next hearing and she may be sentenced to death officially. What was the horrific crime Israa committed to be given the death penalty? She supported and participated in protest calling for the release of political prisoners and called for equality for her community that has faced systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia for belonging to a minority religious faith. If Israa is sentenced to death she will be the first female human rights activist to be given the death sentence for human rights related work. Charges/accusations against her: "participating in protests in the Qatif region", "incitement to protest," "chanting slogans hostile to the regime", "attempting to inflame public opinion", "filming protests and publishing on social media", and "providing moral support to rioters", according to Human Rights Watch. Saudi Arabia continues its crack down on activist and anyone who dares criticize the government, the provisional death penalty given to Israa is just the latest concerning actions being taken against outspoken Saudi citizens. We as the international community unite. We lend our support for Israa and voice our outcry at this inhumane treatment of an innocent individual who committed no crime but only demands equality for her community and is a passionate human rights activist. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Israa Al Ghomgham and also all other who have been jailed and face the death penalty for supporting human rights. Israa never should have been arrested in the first place let alone be executed for committing no crime but only to voice her support for basic dignity for her community and release of political prisoner. Israa has endured enough and the implementation of the death sentence will set a dangerous precedence. Saudi Arabia sits on the United Nations Human Rights Council which comes with the responsibility which Saudi Arabia has accepted as a member to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” and to “fully cooperate with Council’. Saudi Arabia also was elected to the UN Women Rights Commission. Some Facts: Israa Al Ghomgham has been provisionally sentenced to death by a Saudi court in Riyad. Israa Al Ghomgham has been detained without access to a lawyer. Israa Al Ghomgham would be the first female activist to be executed due to her human rights activity. Israa Al Ghomagham belongs to minority Shia faith the faces discrimination in Saudi Arabia. **Shia Muslims are systematically discriminated against and are viewed as heretics and infidels by the Saudi Wahhabi. Forms of discrimination against this minority groups are widespread. Shia Muslims form the majority in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia where these protest took place. Since the Arab Spring of 2011, Shia’s have been vocal and active in demanding equality. Saudi Arabia has continued to arrest and sentence to death Shia activists for participating in human right activities including engaging and supporting street protests such as the execution of well known Shia Cleric Sheikh Nimr whose nephew Ali Al Nimr remains in prison on death row along with many others.
Suspend Saudi Arabia From UN Human Rights Council
Saudi Arabia must be suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council Immediately. Saudi Arabia was re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 28th 2016. The UNHRC job is to promote/protect human rights and address issues of human rights violations across the globe, among other important tasks. How can Saudi Arabia with its appalling records of human rights violations be on the UNHRC? Saudi Arabia uses its membership on the UNHRC to cover up it own human rights abuses by preventing investigations and inquires. Despite being a member of the UNHRC since 2014 its human rights violations have not improved It has executed more citizens, it has crushed all forms of dissent. Some others of Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses consist of beheading its citizens for peaceful protest, imprisoning peaceful human rights activist, flogging blogger, stoning and flogging children, executing minors, giving the death penalty for nonviolent offenses, oppressing/ discrimination against religious minorities, oppressive laws against women (male guardianship laws), torture, arbitrary detention, extracting “confessions” while torturing its own citizens, sentencing a protestors to be beheaded and then publicly crucifying his body. The list goes on. If its horrendous human rights abuses at home isn’t enough to suspend Saud Arabia from the UNHRC Saudi Arabia is accused of targeting and killing innocent civilians in the ongoing 19-month long conflict in Yemen. The bombing of funeral homes, markets, schools and hospitals are no short of war crimes and Saudi Arabia continuously blocks any international investigations into this. How can it be that a country with a human rights record like this be on United Nations Human Rights Council whose job is the protection of human rights? How can a country who violates human rights itself oversee holding violators of human rights accountable? How can a country that does not respect international law or its international human rights obligations sit on the UNHRC? Per Article 8 of the UNHRC founding resolution, the general assembly can by a 2/3rd of votes suspend a member state for systematic and gross violations of human rights. All countries that truly stand for human rights need to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UNHRC immediately because having one the worlds worst human rights abusers as its member, the UNHRC loses all creditability. HERE ARE JUST FEW ARTICLES ON SAUDI ARABIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: Stoning and executing children: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-stoning-un-children-united-nations-a7349861.html Minors executed January 2016: https://news.vice.com/article/these-are-the-juvenile-offenders-saudi-arabia-executed-in-january Discrimination against religious minorities: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/shia-muslims-still-face-inequality-in-saudi-arabia/ Using the death penalty & executing citizens for nonviolent offenses such as peacefully protesting: https://www.rt.com/news/365420-saudi-arabia-behead-disabled/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3434851/Protester-CRUCIFIED-Saudi-Arabia-arrested-tortured-confession-17-make-rebel-cleric-uncle-stop-talking.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-99-death-penalty-execution-capital-punishment-middle-east-a7148031.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-executes-sheikh-nimr-al-nimr-and-46-other-prisoners-in-one-day-a6793626.html Prosecution of Human Rights Groups: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/15/saudi-arabia-prosecution-forming-human-rights-group Using its place of the UNHRC to cover up its own human rights abuses: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/saudi-and-un-human-rights-council-where-membership-has-its-abuses-37959358 Women’s Rights: https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/07/16/boxed/women-and-saudi-arabias-male-guardianship-system Flogging: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/18/saudi-blogger-raif-badawi-faces-further-flogging YEMEN: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/15/saudi-led-coalition-admits-to-bombing-yemen-funeral https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/saudi-airstrike-hits-a-school-in-northern-yemen-killing-10-children/2016/08/13/07039cf2-617c-11e6-84c1-6d27287896b5_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/world/middleeast/dozens-killed-in-airstrikes-on-market-in-yemen.html?_r=0 https://theintercept.com/2016/08/15/doctors-without-borders-hospital-bombing-in-yemen-earns-rare-saudi-rebuke-at-state-department/
Canada Must Stop Supporting And Arming Saudi Arabia
The Government of Canada should stop selling all weapons to Saudi Arabia immediately. Saudi Arabia has the worst human rights record in the world and it is also involved in the ongoing conflict in Yemen in which hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed and injured. The UN had blacklisted the Saudi Arabia led coalition for killing children in Yemen air strikes, which under Saudi pressure on the UN since has been removed. It has targeted and bombed funeral homes, markets, schools and hospitals which should not be labeled anything less of war crimes. According to UNICEF one child dies in Yemen every ten minutes and at least 462,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with 2.2m in need of urgent care due to this conflict. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/unicef-child-dies-10-minutes-yemen-161212192354606.htm At home, The Saudi regime has arrested, tortured and sentenceld to death pro democracy protestor's who dare stand up and demand equal rights, as in the case of Ali Al-Nimr, Dawoud Al-Marhoon and Abdullah Al-Zaher who were arrested as teenagers and have been languishing in jail for years now waiting to be beheaded. Instead of addressing its ciizens legitimate grievances, Saudi Arabia will arrest them, torture them and sentenced them to death to silence them. Saudi Arabia does not respect the basic human rights of its citizens.Then you have the case of Raif Badawi a blogger, who was exercising his right to freedom of expression and has been sentenced to 10 years in prision and 1000 lashes whose wife and three children reside in Quebec after being granted asylum. Along with its human rights abuses, The Canadian government cannot with good conscience sell arms to a country where their may be even the slightest chance that these arms can be used to kill innocent civilians in another country or be used to kill the citizens in their own country. The Canadian government should stand for human rights and not sell arms to a country that violates the basic human rights of its citizens & executes children. The Canadian Government should not be selling weapons to a country that is targetting innoncent civilian is Yemen. We urge you to please stop the sales of weapons to this country. Here provided are some links to articles about the arms deal: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-eyes-saudi-arabias-relationship-with-yemen-in-light-of-arms-deal/article30256464/ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/human-rights-advocate-calls-for-guarantees-about-saudi-use-of-combat-vehicles/article30243307/ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/exclusive-saudis-use-armoured-vehicles-against-own-people-videos-show/article29973687/ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/un-blacklists-saudi-arabia-led-coalition-for-killing-and-maiming-children-in-yemen-air-strikes-a7063681.html http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-gear-used-by-saudi-security-forces-in-deadly-house-raid/article30877674/?cmpid=rss1
Protesting is not a crime! Stop the imminent execution of Ali, Dawoud and Abdullah.
Ali Al-Nimr, Dawoud Al-Marhoon and Abdullah Al-Zaher were all arrested as teenagers for taking part in peaceful pro-democracy protest in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia in 2012. They have been sentenced to death and have been tortured into signing false confessions. Their arrest is unjust and they have not been given a fair trail regarding the allegations made against them. Saudi Arabia has a long history of dicriminating against the Shia population. These three brave Shia youth protested to take a stand against oppression not only for themselves but also for their entire community. They have been given the most cruel and severe sentence imaginable, beheading. URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED. They can be executed at any time. Ali Al-Nimr's uncle Sheikh Al Nirm was beheaded in January 2016 along with over 46 others.Their only crime being taking part in peaceful protests. We as the international community should not remain silent as Saudi Arabia continues to violate human rights. Please help maintain pressure on the Saudi government to free these 3 innocent individuals and do what we can to help spare their lives.