Nobel laureates in mercy plea to Saudi king over young protesters' executions

Nobel laureates in mercy plea to Saudi king over young protesters' executions BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Northern Ireland activist Mairead Maguire, are appealing to Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people for participating in protests in 2012. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/nobel-laureates-in-mercy-plea-to-saudi-king-over-young-protesters-executions-36024898.html http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36024897.ece/4c84c/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-2cfc5bb8-0359-466d-b7c5-4489a65f2f33_I1.jpgEmailTen Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Northern Ireland activist Mairead Maguire, are appealing to Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people for participating in protests in 2012. They also accused Saudi authorities of coercing confessions and reportedly subjecting the protesters to physical force. The Nobel laureates said that in court, the defendants repudiated their confessions. Sarah Lee Whitson, who heads Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa regions, said the 14 prisoners were at "imminent risk of execution". The Nobel laureates said that in a world where nearly 2.5 billion people participate in social media and get news on the internet, leaders can no longer "dismiss the voices of their constituency".

August 11, 2017 23:37 UTC


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