Stop Execution of Three Saudi Youths!

In the wake of mass executions in Saudi Arabia last month, international press and human rights organizations are bringing attention to the cases of three youth activists sentenced to death, two slated to die by beheading and crucifixion. All are members of the Shia minority who participated in peaceful protests demanding human rights for all Saudis.


Following his peaceful participation in protests during the Arab Spring, Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr was arrested on February 14, 2012, at age 17, after being intentionally run over by a police car. On May 27, 2014, he was sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion.

Dawood Hussain Almarhoon was first arrested on May 2012, at age 17, for protesting the government, but was released on the same day. When he did not cooperate with officials who wanted him to spy on other activists, he was re-arrested on May 23 and later sentenced to death on October 27, 2014.

Abdullah Al-Zaher was arrested at age 15 in March of 2013, after being shot at by Saudi security forces. During apprehension, he was violently attacked until he fell to the ground bleeding. He was then forced to sign a paper without reading it or consulting with his family during his interrogation. Al-Zaher was sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion in September 2015.

It is unconscionable that – even in the face of such a universally abhorrent action as condemning juveniles to death – the United States government still refuses to impose legally mandated sanctions against the Saudi government for their persecution of religious minorities.

Join us in calling on the leading Presidential candidates to commit to imposing sanctions against the Saudi government for their human rights abuses and to re-examine the toxic U.S.-Saudi relationship once they are in office!  Learn more here.

We, the undersigned, call on candidates for President of the United States to pledge to re-examine the toxic U.S.-Saudi relationship once in office and to immediately impose sanctions against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to their systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedoms. These sanctions are long overdue and mandated by law, yet year after year, the State Department has granted a waiver to Saudi Arabia despite the horrifying human rights abuses perpetrated by the Saudi government. In the wake of the recent beheadings of 47 people, and the imposition of death sentences against 3 Shia youth, the U.S. government can no longer give Saudi Arabia a free pass for religious persecution.

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  • Nicholas Prychodko
    signed 2016-02-04 12:12:27 -0500
    Nicholas Prychodko
  • Corinne Van Houten
    signed 2016-02-04 12:12:11 -0500
    The Saudi government is responsible for horrific crimes against its own people and should be held accountable. It is deeply disturbing to see the Saudi government incarcerating persons just because they seek Saudi citizens’ right to free speech, a right that is fundamental to any nation that is governed by justice and respect for its citizens. It is equally disturbing to see Saudi Arabia destroying those who seek to make it a more just, humane and compassionate nation. There are far too many prisoners of conscious imprisoned, tortured and executed under the guise of “religious righteousness.” Our nation and any nation that respects human rights should condemn the Saudi government abuse of human rights and impose sanctions.
  • Anna Valente
    signed 2016-02-04 12:12:11 -0500
    Anna Valente
  • Tom Cordaro
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    Sign the petition: Stop Execution of Three Saudi Youths!
  • Lisa Simeone
    signed 2016-02-04 12:12:05 -0500
  • Paul Petruccelli
    signed 2016-02-04 12:12:01 -0500
  • Antonia Shouse
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:59 -0500
  • Mary Murphy
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:58 -0500
  • JoAnne Lingle Lingle
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:57 -0500
  • Tom Cordaro
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:56 -0500
    Tom Cordaro
  • Deborah Hirsch
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:56 -0500
    Deborah Hirsch
  • Glenn Freeman
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:56 -0500
  • Michael Marcus
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:45 -0500
  • Ken Winston
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:45 -0500
  • Daniel Le Colas
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:43 -0500
  • Dennis Trembly
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:37 -0500
  • Lacey Hicks
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:34 -0500
    Lacey Hicks
  • Glen Venezio
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:28 -0500
  • Chilton Gregory
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:25 -0500
  • Jerry Mastriano
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:22 -0500
    There’s no economic or “strategic” interest so important that we can ignore the human rights atrocities of our “allies.”
  • Margaret Shaffer
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:22 -0500
  • Chris Barry
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:16 -0500
  • nicholas w Sainz-Xatzis
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:15 -0500
  • Jonathan Cohn
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:14 -0500
  • Adrienne - 1 Baksa
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:14 -0500
    These three young men are still alive. Let’s do whatever we can to save their lives. This is truly heartbreaking.
  • Amber Cannon
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:12 -0500
  • Seema Zeya
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:09 -0500
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  • Chet Sygiel
    signed 2016-02-04 12:11:00 -0500

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