October 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Quash the Conviction of Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher and Dawood Hussein al-Marhoon (UA 229/15)




Two Saudi Arabian Shi’a activists, arrested when they were under 18 years old, risk being executed as soon as the King ratifies their death sentences. They were moved to solitary confinement on 5 October and have been held incommunicado since then.
1) Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
  • Urging the authorities to quash the conviction and death sentence of Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher and Dawood Hussein al-Marhoon, and ensure that they are retried in line with international law and standards and without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Calling on them to order an independent investigation into the men’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Reminding them that Saudi Arabia is a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by anyone below the age of 18; 
  • Urging them to establish immediately an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 229/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.