Most of us could be forced to say anything under torture, even confess to a crime we didn’t commit. That's what happened to 14 men facing imminent execution in Saudi Arabia. After an unfair trial based on confessions extracted by torture, the men were sentenced to death by beheading. They could be executed at any moment.

We must stop this Saudi execution. All that stands between these 14 men and their death is King Salman’s signature. Join us in urging the Saudi authorities to stop the executions now.

Stop 14 men being executed in Saudi Arabia

The situation

Saudi execution

On 1 June 2016, the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh sentenced 14 men to death by beheading. They are:

  • Hussein al-Rab'i
  • Abdullah al-Tureif 
  • Hussein al-Mosallem
  • Mohamed al-Naser
  • Mustafa al-Darwish
  • Fadel Labbad
  • Sa'id al-Sakafi
  • Salman al-Qureish
  • Mujtaba al-Suweyket
  • Munir al-Adam
  • Abdullah al-Asreeh
  • Ahmad al-Darwish
  • Abdulaziz al-Sahwi
  • Ahmad al-Rab'i

The men were accused of spying for Iran. They endured a grossly unfair mass trial based on 'confessions' they told the court were obtained under torture. They were eventually charged with a series of offences including 'high treason' with some facing several other charges which are not recognised criminal offences under international law, such as 'supporting protests' and 'spreading the Shi’a faith'. 

Crushing dissent

Put simply, they are victims of the Saudi commitment to use the death penalty as a weapon to crush dissent and neutralise political opponents.  

The families of the 14 men have been kept largely in the dark, but on 23 July they learned that the sentences of their relatives have been upheld by the Supreme Court. This means they have exhausted their appeals and could be executed as soon as King Salman ratifies their sentences.

The men told the court they were subjected to prolonged pre-trial detention and were tortured during their interrogation to extract 'confessions', however the judge failed to order investigations into their allegations. Subsequently, the SCC appears to have based its decision on these forced 'confessions'.

Impending execution spree

At least 66 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of 2017, and this looming Saudi execution spree will significantly add to the toll. 

All that stands between these 14 men and their death is King Salman’s signature; he must immediately quash these death sentences, a result of sham court proceedings which fail to meet international fair trial standards. 

Please act now to halt the executions. They are due to happen any minute, but together we can stop them.