Reprieve have highlighted again the plight of Ali al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia
Arrested as a minor and confession achieved through torture
Ali al-Nimr was 17 years old – a minor – when he was arrested on 14 February 2012 in Qatif, a town in Saudi Arabia known to be a centre for pro-democracy demonstrations. After his arrest, officers of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate interrogated and tortured him. Ali signed a confession that one of his interrogators wrote for him, even though he did not understand what he was signing. Throughout his interrogation and prior to his trial Saudi authorities denied Ali the right to speak with a lawyer.
Reprieve, in a recent communication say:
Ali has spent the last 6 years on death row with the threat of execution hanging over him. A threat made worse by coronavirus. Our investigators, lawyers and campaigners are working hard to free Ali and others who were sentenced to death as children in Saudi Arabia.
With your help, we’ve made sure Ali’s life has been protected so far by making sure British politicians speak up for him. But this is not an easy campaign – and it’s not one we can pause for a moment, even during this pandemic. 20 April 2020
Amnesty has campaigned on his behalf and a post with the mother’s story can be read here.
When Ali’s story first surfaced, the UK’s shameful role in promoting Saudi Arabia’s membership of the UN’s human rights council was revealed via Wikileaks.
Reprieve notes that Saudi has executed its 800th individual in 5 years. Since King Salman bin Abdulaziz came to power five years ago, the execution rate has doubled from the previous 5 years.
We urge you to take action and this can simply done via the Reprieve site the link for which is below:
Sources: Reprieve; Amnesty International; American for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain; Independent
[update 22 April with different picture]