Saudi Arabia sentences the political dissident al-Nemer to death for exercising internationally preserved rights

 

After a trial spanning more than 560 days that lacked international standards for fair trials and procedures marred with many irregularities, on Wednesday, 15 October 2014, Saudi judiciary sentenced the political dissident Sheikh Nemer Baqiral-Nemer to death. This constitutes a flagrant violation of Article III of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: (Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person).

It comes after the Saudi prosecution charged al-Nemer with dozens of charges, including defending prisoners of conscience and those arbitrarily named in the Ministry of Interior’s list, protesting and having different political views than the Saudi government. These charges are in violation of international laws that considers them legitimate human rights.

As international human rights organizations, we condemn the sentencing of Sheikh Nemer al-Nemer. We believe he was targeted for advocating for human rights and talking publicly about violations, in the course of the deteriorated human rights situation in the KSA which is getting even worse. It has become clear that advocating for human rights is a punishable crime in Saudi Arabia, with the ongoing systematic targeting of human rights defenders, journalists, activists and political opponents.

We call on the Government of the KSA to drop the illegal verdict and all charges against him, which are in violation to freedom of expression and legally guaranteed rights. Also, we hold Saudi responsible of his physical integrity, as there still is a bullet in his left thigh as a result of excessive use of force during his arrest on 8 July 2012 resulting in disability of the leg. We demand launching an investigation into the incident of shooting and torturing him in our commitment to end impunity.

We call on the KSA government as a member in the elected human rights council 2014 – 2016 to adhere to the voluntarily obligations and commitments that it presented to the UN human rights council which is in grave violation of the sentence.

 

 

BAHRAIN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

ALQST Advocating for Human Rights

DEWANY. Civil Office of the Ombudsman

Bahrain Salam for Human Rights

Lualua Centre for Human Rights

Khiam Rehabilitation Center for victims of torture

AMAN NETWORK For Rehabilitation and Defending Human Rights

Gulf Civil Society Associations Forum

European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights

Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain Forum for Human Rights

The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms

Bahrain Human Rights Observatory

Yemen Center for Human Rights

AL-KHOEI FOUNDATION

European Saudi Organization for Human Rights

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