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

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.


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

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