Could Saudi Arabia’s aggressive policy towards activists and women be any worse? Apparently, yes. Now the regime wants to execute human rights activist Israa al-Ghomgam, who was arrested in 2015 for peacefully protesting! In Saudi Arabia, the most common form of execution is beheading.
Unless the international community speaks out against this horror, Israa could receive a death sentence for dissenting against the repressive Saudi regime. Four other human rights activists face the same fate. Tell Secretary Pompeo to condemn the crackdown on activists in Saudi Arabia and to publicly call for their unconditional and immediate release.
This threat of execution is one more instance of Saudi Arabia’s brutal treatment of activists, especially women’s rights advocates. At least 13 other women are currently being detained for their activism, including Samar Badawi, a leading advocate for women’s fundamental rights and a winner of the Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award in 2012.
Momentum is building. We have been working with a group of NGOs to put pressure on the State Department. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) has penned a letter to Secretary Pompeo, and Representatives Karen Bass, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, and many others in Congress have added their names.
In solidarity with Saudi activists,
Ann, Ariel, Brienne, Jodie, Kelly, Kirsten, Mark, Medea, Nancy, Natasha, Paki, Rita, Sarah, and Tighe