Stop execution of Saudi Arabian youth activist

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Stop execution of Saudi Arabian youth activist

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Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr could be beheaded at any time. He's accused of a variety of crimes against the state, all stemming from protests he took part in against the Saudi government when he was 17 years old.  Al-Nimr was accused of taking part in anti-government protests in the eastern part of the country in 2011 (involving the country's Shia Muslim minority and sometimes called "Saudi's Secret Uprising") and was arrested the following year. State media later reported he was found guilty of a long list of crimes including sedition, breaking allegiance to the king, rioting, using petrol bombs against security patrols, robbing a pharmacy and more. He was 17 years old at the time of his arrest. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory, forbids capital punishment for offences committed by people under the age of 18. UN human rights experts also say al-Nimr was tortured and did not receive a fair trial.  His appeals against a death sentence are exhausted. We call on the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the President of the United States of America (a close ally of Saudi Arabia) to call on the Saudi Arabian government to stop this travesty of justice.  Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr must be released immediately and all charges against him dropped.

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