Saudi Arabia: International NGOs call on the EU to stop the execution of Sheikh Al-Nimr

29 May 2015 – On 28 May 2015, 11 International human rights NGOs and multi-faith organisations sent a letter to the EU’s High Representative and Vice-President, Ms Mogherini, asking her to call on the government of Saudi Arabia to stop the execution of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr and to release him unconditionally. These include The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain.

On 15 October 2014, the renowned Shia cleric and human rights defender was convicted by the Specialized Criminal Court on vague charges relating to his peaceful religious and political expression. These charges included “disobeying the ruler, sowing discord, undermining national unity, and interfering in the affairs of a sisterly nation.” It has been reported that, in securing Sheikh al-Nimr’s conviction, the prosecution presented evidence obtained under duress or through coercive means. It has also been alleged that Sheikh al-Nimr, for his part, was prevented from mounting a proper defense. Now, we have been alerted that his execution might be imminent.

In the letter, the signatories request that the EU and the EEAS intervene on behalf of Sheikh al-Nimr by issuing a public statement condemning his sentence and demanding his immediate release. You can find the letter here.

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