SAUDI ARABIA: UN Requests Stop to Crucifixion

On 22 September, United Nations human rights experts called for Saudi Arabia to stop the crucifixion of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was convicted of participating in a criminal group when he was 17. Al-Nimr’s confession was allegedly obtained through torture, and many believe his trial was unfair. Since August various human rights groups have been urging Saudi Arabia to stop executions of any kind, but if the country carries out al-Nimr’s execution, there could be major repercussions from the UN and human rights groups.

[Cat McClure, catmcclureee@gmail.com]