Saudi Arabia 'seeks death penalty' for female activist

Saudi Arabia 'seeks death penalty' for female activist

August 23, 2018

Israa al-Ghomgham documented demonstrations in the kingdom's Eastern Province from 2011, before being arrested in 2015.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five human rights activists who are currently being tried by the country's terrorism tribunal, according to rights groups.

Among the detainees is Israa al-Ghomgham, who Saudi activists say is the first woman to face capital punishment for human rights-related work. 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday the charges against the activists "do not resemble recogniseable crimes" and include "incitement to protest", "chanting slogans hostile to the regime" and "providing moral support to rioters". 

Authorities have held the five activists, along with another not facing the death penalty, in pretrial detention without legal representation for more than two years. 

They are due to appear in court again on October 28, according to HRW.

Credit by - AL JAZEERA

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