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LucyKalei
- 1340 days ago - reprieve.org.uk
At any moment, w/out prior notification of family, Ali al-Nimr, 20, may be crucified by Saudi authorities. Join campaign to save Ali, 3 yrs in prison, accused of many offenses, inc illegal demonstration; tortured, forced to sign false confession when 17!



   

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Animae C (508)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:00 am
Thank you for joining our campaign to save Ali al-Nimr from crucifixtion -
your message has been sent to Michael Gove.
5,636 signatures so far!

Also sent email;
Number of letters sent
Current: 6,318
Goal: 7,000

Thanx LucyK
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:06 am
Already signed & shared -
But good to get this up on Care2 - thanks Lucy K
 

Ben O (131)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:36 am
Signed!
 

Pat B (356)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5:10 am
Hope these appeals worldwide, work on behalf of Ali.
Signed, thank you.
 

Carol B (409)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5:37 am
Noted and signed.
 

Donna T (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 7:20 am
thank you
 

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 7:30 am
Signed, thanks Lucy.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 8:33 am
Thanks everyone for signing! Please fwd to your network & friends, too!

According to a IBT 21 Sept article, "When the news broke [of the last appeal being denied & the beheading/crucifixion death sentence set to be carried out], al-Nimr's case went viral on social media, with the hashtag #AliMohammedAl_Nimr and #Ali_AlNimr trending on Twitter. His case was highlighted in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council this week and by TV satirist Bill Maher."

From Reprieve's petition page: "Ali’s final appeal was held in secret, without his knowledge. This was the last remaining legal obstacle to his execution, and now Ali can be crucified at any time. The authorities may not even give prior notification to his family. His execution would be illegal under international law."

"Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising. He was accused of participation in an illegal demonstration and a large number of offences. These include “explaining how to give first aid to protestors” and using his blackberry to invite others to join him at the protest.

"Ali is the nephew of Sheikh Nimr, a reformist cleric who has repeatedly called for an end to corruption and discrimination against minorities. He has also been sentenced to death.

"Ali was arrested without a warrant. He was held in pre-trial detention for two years, and at no point was he allowed to contact his lawyer. Ali was tortured and forced to sign false confession. Throughout his trial, Ali was denied access to the evidence against him. He was not even informed of the charges until half way through the proceedings. His forced confession was the only evidence brought against him. ..."


IBT specifies in a September 17 article, "he will be put to death by the Saudi authorities, first beheaded and then his body strapped to a cross and left to rot." [I was sick to death at the thought he'd actually be put to death by crucifixion, brutal, archaic and painfully slow... not to suggest that beheading or any other method for carrying out a death penalty wins kudos as a civilized or humane act.]

For the background on this tragic case, the outrageous 'justice' system & trial, and the reasons why this young man in particular has been targeted by the Saudi regime, read IBT's "Who is Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and why is Saudi Arabia planning to behead and crucify him?"

I've just realized that one of IBT's articles on Ali's plight, his treatment in custody and the reasons behind the case, was written by Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the legal action charity Reprieve, "Crucifixion of teenager in Saudi Arabia highlights Britain's business deals with despots"

Reprieve is really a fanastic organization. If I had money to donate, I'd give some to them. They provide free legal aid to victims of human rights abuses worldwide. Their lawyers have represented and still represent Guantanamo detainees. And they tried to save the life of an innocent Pakistani man who'd been tortured into a confession at the age of 15 and spent 24 years in prison before being hanged in June, 2015, despite Reprieve's efforts on his behalf: Aftab Bahadur Masih: Pakistan just hanged an innocent man by Clive Stafford Smith on IBT.

On their site, they write that "Reprieve [also]assists people facing the death penalty or on death row around the world. We aim to end the death penalty through our work on individual cases and our wider projects.

We are currently assisting more than 40 people facing the death penalty in 11 countries..." and there is also a video to watch.

Check out the site's Death Penalty sections entitled 'Latest Updates' , 'Urgent Cases', 'Active Cases and issues', as well as the pages under 'Torture' and 'Drones.'
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 8:46 am
Signed-thx LucyK
 

Tracy Riley (54)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:45 am
Signed & noted, thanks.
 

Nancy M (147)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:39 pm
Crucifixion? Outrageous.
 

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 1:08 pm
Stunned,and shuddering at the thought of such a tortuous, inhumane death. N&S of course.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 1:13 pm
Thank you for joining our campaign to save Ali al-Nimr from crucifixion - your message has been sent to Michael Gove.

There is also a petition on C2 for him.
Free Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr

Well we keep "friends" with strange bed fellows the USA and Saudi Arabia; but then the USA executes as well. We are having problems getting the medication needed to give lethal injections, with the "haters" in the USA I'm sure if beheading or crucifixion was offered they'd jump right up and cheer for it.

Surly that Govt. can find some forgiveness to a youth under 18. No I don't suppose it will. I wish we'd speak out more on human rights towards Saudi Arabia, but while we remain drunk on fossil fuel we won't. While we execute our own we don't have much ground to stand on.

If this execution is carried out I hope at least it is done the quick way, my goodness why must they bring back crucifixion.

Thanks for posting, so helpless in situations like this. His family must be suffering deeply and I can't imagine what he is going through.
 

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 1:55 pm
Happy to sign both petitions, thanks Lucy and Sheryl! That's the US' allies, yeah...
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:14 pm
The Independent, Sunday 20 September 2015 - Anger after Saudi Arabia 'chosen to head key UN human rights panel' - Wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi says move amounts to "a green light to flog him":

"The United Nations is coming under fire for handing Saudi Arabia a key human rights role even though the Kingdom has “arguably the worst record in the world” on freedoms for women, minorities and dissidents.

"Critics, including the wife of imprisoned pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi – sentenced to 1000 lashes for blogging about free speech – say that the appointment is “scandalous” and means that “oil trumps human rights”.
.../...
"UN Watch, an independent campaigning NGO, has discovered that Mr Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, has been elected as chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council.

"As head of a five-strong group of diplomats, the influential role would give Mr Trad the power to select applicants from around the world for scores of expert roles in countries where the UN has a mandate on human rights.

"Such experts are often described as the ‘crown jewels’ of the HRC, according to UN Watch, which has obtained official UN documents, dated 17 September, confirming the appointment.

"UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said that the appointment, made in June but unreported until now, may have been a consolation prize for the Saudis after they withdrew their bid to head the 47-nation council following international condemnation of the kingdom’s human rights record.

"The Saudis’ bid emerged shortly after it posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners, to cope with what Amnesty International branded a “macabre spike” in the use of capital punishment, including beheadings, this year.
.../...
"Mr Hillel described the appointment as “scandalous”.

"He added: “Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights, and continues to imprison the innocent blogger Raif Badawi. .../...

.../... "
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:33 pm
I won't go into detail about certain American states sentencing children and teens to life in prison.

But US human rights/torture violations were amply covered in a post of mine last year, when the UN carried out one of their regular reviews of U.S. compliance with the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (compliance of all signatories is regularly reviewed), and a host of US advocacy groups & NGOs, such as the ACLU and the American Friends Service Commitee, prepared and submitted shadow reports which contained documented evidence of US human rights abuses amounting to torture, which the US govt failed to admit to in their 'official' report. I linked to the shadow reports in the comments section of U.N. Torture Panel Faults U.S. For Killings By Police, Prison Conditions, Excessive Use of Force Against Immigrants
 

(0)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:19 pm
Signed petition and sent an email to Michael Gove 💁
 

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5:35 pm
noted signed ty
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 6:36 pm
Noted, signed---thanks LucyK.
 

Bryan S (105)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 8:29 pm
Thanks and signed.
 

S J (124)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:40 pm
Thank you for joining our campaign to save Ali al-Nimr from crucifixtion - your message has been sent to Michael Gove. thank you Lucky
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:30 pm
Signed
 

Caroline S (78)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:27 am
Signed!!!!!
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:10 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

Gabriele R (26)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 5:58 am
Signed and noted 2 petitions.
 

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:05 pm
Signed.
 

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:11 pm
Thank you for joining our campaign to save Ali al-Nimr from crucifixtion -
your message has been sent to Michael Gove.
 

norma laborie (33)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:15 pm
signed
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:34 pm
Both petitions signed. Noted. Thanks, Lucy.....and Dandelion.
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 2:08 pm
Thanks
 

Marco Baracca (41)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 2:12 pm
Signed
 

Walter F (128)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:29 pm
Petitions Signed
 

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 9:51 pm
Petition signed. Thank you
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:28 am
Signed & Noted, Thanks
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 4:01 pm
I enjoyed growing up in NY because of the cultural diversity. The different ethnic backgrounds that were the hallmark of various neighborhoods around the city gave everyone a taste of others' cooking and traditions, but never prevented everyone from feeling American and proud of it!

re: "France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans." :

The Basque people, the Keltic Bretons and the Corsicans all have different historical, cultural & linguistic backgrounds that existed before France with its present day borders and in its present day territory did!
It was even a form of colonialism that led to these areas coming to "belong" to France, as the tiny, duchy-sized France expanded more and more under the dominance of powerful, expansionist and centralizing kings. Various regions came to be part of France through royal marriages or simple take-over. The Republic of Genoa sold Corsica to the Duc de Choiseul, then minister of the French Navy, who bought on behalf of the crown in 1764 by secret treaty, and only four years later, once the French had had time to place their military forces in key strategic areas around the island did the sale become public via a treaty. France did indeed need her military to quel the ensuing revolt. Self-determination didn't exist in those days!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 4:18 pm
I meant 'quell'.

The US can't be compared to countries like France, in that the US was uniquely and by definition created through 'foreign' immigration. Only the Native Americans were ...well,... native to North America.

I always thought a respect of and an openess towards Americans' differing backgrounds and tradtitions was the essence of being American. Stamping out differences in the name of 'unity' isn't even necessary. Only the 13 original colonies had a 'homogeneous' population of religious outcasts and adventurers essentially from England. Not all Americans experienced the 'frontier' and the conquest of the West, and those who did came from different foreign countries.
 

Stan B (123)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 10:34 pm
Isn't Saudi Arabia a member of the U N Human Rights Council?
Signed of course.
 

fly bird (26)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:02 am
Amnesty petition - Saudi Arabia: Stop execution of Ali al-Nimr

Ali al-Nimr is at imminent risk of execution for crimes he said he was tortured to 'confess' to. He was 17 years old at the time.


Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death on 27 May 2014 for offences that included taking part in demonstrations against the government, attacking the security forces, possessing a machine-gun and armed robbery when he was 17 years old. The court seems to have based its decision on “confessions” which Ali al-Nimr has said were extracted under torture and other ill-treatment and has refused to look into this allegation.

Ali al-Nimr had been arrested on 14 February 2012, when he was 17 years old, and taken to the General Directorate of Investigations (GDI) prison in Dammam, in the Eastern Province. He was not allowed to see his lawyer and has said that GDI officers tortured him to make him sign a “confession".

The sentence has now been upheld by appeal judges at the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) and by the Supreme Court. The case was sent to the Ministry of Interior in August 2015 for the sentence to be implemented. He could be executed as soon as the King has ratified the sentence.

His trial was deeply flawed. He was denied the most basic needs to prepare his defence, including regular access to his lawyer and a pen and paper to respond to the charges. His defence was not allowed to cross-examine key eyewitnesses and his lawyer was not informed of the dates of a number of court hearings.

Sign the petition to His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, calling for the death sentence to be quashed.

https://www.amnesty.ie/content/saudi-arabia-stop-execution-ali-al-nimr
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday September 25, 2015, 3:36 am
re: "Isn't Saudi Arabia a member of the U N Human Rights Council?" -

Stan, don't you bother to look at other comments before you put your foot in your mouth?
I already linked to and included excerpts from an article about the recent outrageous election of a Saudi "as chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council."

Do scroll up & have a look at my Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:14 pm comment, with the link and extrafts from: The Independent, Sunday 20 September 2015 - "Anger after Saudi Arabia 'chosen to head key UN human rights panel' - Wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi says move amounts to "a green light to flog him" "
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday September 25, 2015, 3:57 am
Thanks, Jess! Immediately signed the Amnesty petition @https://www.amnesty.ie/content/saudi-arabia-stop-execution-ali-al-nimr

That makes THREE petitions to sign all linked to on this thread.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Parents of Saudi juvenile set for ‘crucifixion’ plead for mercy, amid UK and US silence @http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2015/09/parents-of-saudi-juvenile-set-for.html#ixzz3mkIsszVe - excerpt:

" .../... The appeal comes as the UK and the US – strong allies of the Saudi government – faced questions on their failure to speak out about the case. Questioned yesterday by AP, US State Department spokesman Mark C Toner refused to say he’d welcome a commutation of the sentence, saying that he was “not aware of the case.”

The UK government has so far limited itself to a brief statement last week that “We continue to raise our human rights concerns with the Saudi authorities, including their use of the death penalty.” The Ministry of Justice has also faced criticism after it indicated that it would continue with an ongoing bid to provide prison services to the Saudi government.

"In contrast, YESTERDAY the FRENCH GOVERNMENT [PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE*] joined UN experts in calling for the death sentence to be commuted, because Ali was a juvenile at the time of his arrest. The French Foreign Ministry said it was “concerned by the situation of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death even though he was a minor at the time of the events [...] We call for the execution to be called off.” The group of independent United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday asked the Saudi authorities “to immediately halt the scheduled execution”, and to ensure a “fair retrial” of Ali.

"Commenting, Maya Foa, director of Reprieve’s death penalty team, said: “Saudi Arabia’s plans to behead and crucify Ali al-Nimr, a juvenile, for attending a protest are an outrage – the French government and UN experts are right to be calling for it to be cancelled. It’s deeply troubling that the UK and the US – both close allies of the Saudi government - are staying silent. The international community must stand firm against this utterly unjustified sentence, and call on the Saudi authorities to change course.”

Source: Reprieve, September 24, 2015

[=>*Pres. Hollande's public comment and appeal were televised here on all the major news networks, on the evening news. So the French general public is now aware, even if they weren't before; whereas the White House spokesperson is "unaware" of the oung Ali's plight that has gone viral: WOW! Shameful!]

- AFP's interview with Ali al-Nimr's father can be found here.

- The US State Department spokesperson's comments are here, while details of the UK Ministry of Justice bid for a Saudi contract can be seen here.

- The French statement can be found here, while the UN experts' statement is available here.


Read more & access links @ http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2015/09/parents-of-saudi-juvenile-set-for.html#ixzz3mkIsszVe
 

Gloria H (88)
Friday September 25, 2015, 2:01 pm
signed. Poor kid!
 

Shirley S (187)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 11:37 pm
Noted & signed. Saudi Arabia is still a barbaric country. The fact that it has profited from oil still hasn't helped them think like a humane people.
 

fotini c (23)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 1:01 pm
21.104 signatures so far! Saudi Arabia is acting like ISIS!
 
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