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Al-Nimr sought democracy; will Saudi Arabia give him death today?

Aleesha Matharu | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:03 IST

Death, not democracy

  • Saudi Arabia is set to behead, then crucify Ali Mohammed Al Nimr
  • Al-Nimr was sentenced to death for pro-democracy protests
  • The protestor was just 17 when he was arrested for joining the 2012 Arab Spring

Outrage around globe

  • Al-Nimr\'s mercy plea has been rejected, leading to an international outrage
  • Hacktivists blocked Saudi websites demanding the killing be called off
  • Several statesmen, celebrities support #freenimr

History of violations

  • Friends like the US still stand by Saudi Arabia
  • It has used weapons brought from the US allegedly for war crimes in Yemen
  • Death sentences are not an exception in Saudi Arabia
  • Amnesty ranks the kingdom third among executioners
First published: 28 September 2015, 12:12 IST
Aleesha Matharu @almatharu

Born in Bihar, raised in Delhi and schooled in Dehradun, Aleesha writes on a range of subjects and worked at The Indian Express before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not at work you can find her glued to the TV, trying to clear a backlog of shows, or reading her Kindle. Raised on a diet of rock 'n' roll, she's hit occasionally by wanderlust. After an eight-year stint at Welham Girls' School, Delhi University turned out to be an exercise in youthful rebellion before she finally trudged her way to J-school and got the best all-round student award. Now she takes each day as it comes, but isn't an eternal optimist.