Free Saudi Shia Activist Israa Al Ghomgham!
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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.
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.
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