Saudi Arabia: Call to halt execution of peaceful protestors

Education International strongly urges Saudi Arabian authorities to halt the execution of student Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat and other men facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for protest-related offences

Mujtabarsquoa al-Sweikat was under-age when he allegedly took part in peaceful protests in Saudi Arabia He had received a place to study at Western Michigan University in the United States and was arrested at the airport on his way there in 2012 He and fourteen other men were subsequently sentenced by the controversial Specialized Criminal Court Amnesty International has accused the court to use confessions extracted through torture Imminent threat of execution Mujtabarsquoa al-Sweikat was recently moved from detention in Dammam to Riyadh Saudi Arabia where executions by beheading customarily take place United Nations observers have described the protests he allegedly took part in as peaceful Mujtabarsquoa was held in detention in Dammam since his arrest and was tried and sentenced to death on June 1 2016 On May 25 of this year Saudi Arabiarsquos high court confirmed his death sentence We have reasons to believe that his execution by beheading may be imminent At its fourth World Congress Porto Alegre Brasil in 2004 Education International adopted a resolution against the death penalty It is at the heart of EIrsquos stance against executions ndash we challenge the public authorities of jurisdictions where this cruel inhuman degrading and often discriminatory punishment is still being upheld Our most recent action concerned a request to the Iranian authorities regarding the threat of execution of Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali We must try and help save Mujtabarsquoa al-Sweikat life We must try and persuade the Saudi authorities to halt all executions You can take action by Calling on the Saudi authorities to release Mujtabarsquoa al-Sweikat unless he is charged with a criminal offence in line with international law and standards and ensuring that he is not targeted for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression association and assembly Calling on them to ensure that pending his release he is protected from ill treatment and Urging them to ensure that Mujtabarsquoa al-Sweikat and the other detainees arrested in connection with their participation in peaceful protests have regular access to a lawyer of their choice and to their family including facilities to communicate with the outside world nbsp Click here to send a message to Saudi Arabian authorities Click here to sign the petition

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