29-year-old Israa al-Ghomgham – along with four activists – faces execution in Saudi Arabia. Her supposed crime? Simply taking part in non-violent protests.

Israa’s home was raided in December 2015. She’s been imprisoned ever since, along with several others. Now she faces the death penalty for peacefully defending human rights.

Call on Saudi Arabia to release Israa - and her fellow activists - immediately.

Saudi Arabia: Free Israa - facing execution for peaceful activism

The situation

In 2011, Israa al-Ghomgham was hopeful. She wanted change for her country. Inspired by the Arab Spring and wider protests at the time, she took to social media and the streets calling for human rights and equality for all.
Yet in December 2015, Israa and her husband were arrested by the Saudi State Intelligence Service. Since then, they’ve been detained at Dammam prison with four other activists – and now face the death penalty.
Act now and call for 29-year-old Israa to be released, not executed.

A human rights defender

The charges against Israa are absurd and clearly politically motivated.

Israa’s peaceful and non-violent activism spoke out against discrimination faced by Shia Muslims in the east of the country. In the majority-Sunni nation, Shia citizens often face barriers to work, education and religious practice.
Israa and her husband Moussa al-Hashem peacefully participated in protests in the eastern Qatif province in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. They have also been accused of posting photos and sharing videos of the protests on social media.
Israa could be the first woman ever to face the death penalty for participating in protests in Saudi Arabia. Sentencing her to death would be appalling and escalate a worrying trend of human rights abuses in the Saudi Kingdom.

A wider pattern

Outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has kept Saudi Arabia - and its disregard for human rights - in the headlines over recent months. 

The Saudi Kingdom has one of the highest death penalty rates in the world. Amnesty has documented the cases of at least 34 other Shia men currently sentenced to death. 

Amnesty opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner. 

Stand up for Israa

Israa has not committed any recognisable crime. She has simply acted with bravery and made a stand against human rights abuses happening around her. For this, she has spent the last three years in pre-trial detention. Now she may even lose her life.

We believe that the death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Please act now to save Israa and her fellow activists - Ahmed al-Matrood, Ali Ouwaisher, Mousa al-Hashim, Khalid al-Ghanim and Mujtaba al-Muzain.
Call on the Saudi authorities for their immediate and unconditional release.

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