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Oct. 2, 2015 | Press Releases

HRF to Saudi Arabia: Halt Beheading and Crucifixion of Activist Ali Mohammed al-Nimr


NEW YORK (October 2, 2015) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the death penalty imposed on Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and urgently calls on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to halt his execution and order a retrial of his case. Al-Nimr is a 21-year-old high school student born to a Shiite family of outspoken government critics. In 2012, he was arrested in the country’s eastern province for participating in a demonstration inspired by the Arab Spring. On September 14, 2015, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Specialized Criminal Court to sentence al-Nimr to death for "breaking allegiance with the ruler," "participating in demonstrations against the state," "setting up a website to incite demonstrations," and "attacking the police"—charges to which he confessed under duress. The Saudi high court ordered the capital penalty against al-Nimr to be carried out by beheading and crucifixion.

Sep. 30, 2015 | Press Releases

China: HRF Urges Xi Jinping to Act on the Promise of Promoting Women’s Rights and Release Activist


NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the Chinese government to carry out its promise to protect women’s rights. While co-hosting the United Nations Women’s Summit on Sunday, President Xi Jinping announced a $10 million donation to the UN agency for women and promised to create “a global environment favorable for women’s development.” Xi acknowledged that women’s rights are part of basic human rights and vowed to protect them through laws and regulations. He also stressed the need to build a more inclusive society free of discrimination and prejudice against women. Xi’s promises stand in stark contrast to the actions of his government, which include the imprisonment of female human rights activists like Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Similarly, Wang Yu, a human rights lawyer who has defended sexually assaulted schoolgirls and feminist activists, has been arbitrarily imprisoned since July 9.

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