Urgent Action Update: 12 Saudi men at risk of imminent execution

Amnesty International has received information that the families of Salem al-Amri, Muhammad Attieh, Abbas al-Hassan, Muhammad al-Aashur, Taleb al-Harbi, Hussein al-Hamidi, Hussain al-Abbud, Taher al-Harbi, Ali al-Aashur, Yussuf al-Harbi, Ali al-Mahna and Abbas al-Abbad learnt that the cases of their relatives were transferred from the SCC to the Presidency of State Security on 5 November. As the cases were transferred to the body that holds prosecutorial powers and reports directly to the King, and considering the accustomed opacity of the Saudi Judiciary, the families of the 12 men seriously fear that their relatives could be executed imminently. It is still unclear whether their sentences were ratified by the King.

Take action

Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:

  • Urging the Saudi Arabian authorities not to execute the 12 men and quash their convictions, given the grave concerns about the fairness of the trial, and to retry them in line with international fair trial standards, without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Calling on them to order a prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigation into the allegations of ill-treatment;
  • Urging them to immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.



King and Prime Minister

His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques

Office of His Majesty the King

Royal Court, Riyadh

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: (via Ministry of Interior)

+966 11 403 3125 (please keep trying)

Twitter: @KingSalman

Salutation: Your Majesty


Presidency of State Security

His Excellency General Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Howairini

Olaya Secondary Street

Olaya Riyadh 12611 8408

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 11 412 5555

Salutation: Your Excellency


And copies to:

Human Rights Commission

Bandar Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Aiban 

P.O. Box 58889, Riyadh 11515    

King Fahd Road

Building No. 3, Riyadh

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 11 418 510


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz - Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in London, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 30 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DZ tel: 020 7917 3000 or 02079173288, fax 02079173113 email: ukemb@mofa.gov.sa complete the webform here: http://embassies.mofa.gov.sa/sites/uk/EN/ContactDiplomaticMission/Pages/ContactWithDiplomaticMission.aspx; twitter: @SaudiEmbassyUK


Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the second update of UA 182/17. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde23/7894/2018/en/

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