United Nations human rights experts have called on Saudi Arabia to release three young men after the kingdom commuted the death sentences that had been imposed on them for their participation in protests when they were minors.
On Wednesday, the experts pointed to allegations of torture and unfair trials.
The Saudi Human Rights Commission said on February 7 that the authorities had commuted death sentences handed down to three young men when they were from minors to ten years in prison.
Ali al-Nimr, the nephew of the prominent cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, whose execution in 2016 led to demonstrations in Saudi Arabia and Iran, was seventeen years old when he was arrested in February 2012 for participating in protests in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, and he is one of three juvenile violators. Those who were executed by the courts by beheading.
The UN human rights experts said in a statement calling for the charges to be dropped, “We reiterate our call on the authorities to release Ali Al-Nimr, Mr. Daoud Al-Marhoun and Abdullah Al-Zahir, or at least re-try them in accordance with international law and standards without delay.”
The experts, including Agnes Callamard, the UN investigator on extrajudicial killings and immediate and arbitrary executions, added, “We continue to receive allegations of torture and ill-treatment to extract confessions, and regarding the imposition of the death penalty for crimes that do not rise to the level of“ the most serious crimes ”as required by law. International “.
They urged the Saudi authorities to confirm a moratorium on executions for drug crimes, which was announced in January “but has not yet been legalized.”
In rare statements about Saudi Arabia last Friday, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that people were being held there illegally and urged Riyadh to support freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly.