Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was born on December 25, 1995. He’s been sentenced to death for protesting the tyrannical Saudi Arabian government at the age of 16. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. His confession was obtained by way of torture and his trials were secretive and unfairly conducted, as he was not allowed his rightful representation. At any moment he could be beheaded. His head will then be reattached, and his lifeless body will be publicly crucified for three days. *** if you’re super curious about what this looks like, there are some very graphic photos available online. Absolute barbarism. I don’t recommend curiosity. ***
Ali is by no means the only young person facing a barbaric sentence. There are at least three others facing similar sentences.
There are specific rights for child detainees which are outlined by the United Nations Human Rights Council, who, in very poor taste, welcomed Saudi Arabia-a country where beheading, crucifixion, stoning, amputation, and lashings are commonplace punishments-as chairman! The Saudi Arabian government who is in direct violation of international law. It is very bizarre indeed, that the OHCHR should publish this information, given the Saudi appointment to the council.
And yet, the United States of America insists on remaining allied with this terrifying country, who issued a statement threatening social media users with the death penalty for speaking out against the atrocities they commit against their own citizens… basically saying, “fuck you, we kill who we want!”
Is this a governmental body that should be sitting at the helm of a human rights council?
I urge you to take an interest in this case. They want your ignorance, your apathy… please don’t give it to them. Think about the message that it will send to other tyrants if you choose not to speak up. One life matters. All life matters.
I urge you to look at those eyes and see the face of your own child, your brother, nephew, friend. When I look at him, I see my sweet brothers, and I see that this could be either of them. Ali could be every one of us.
I painted this in an effort to help the campaign to save Ali’s life.
It’s not my best work, but I had to do it in a hurry. It’s heading to a gallery in NYC whose owner is very sympathetic to Ali’s plight. This is so intimidating for me. New York knows the art world. I don’t. But it doesn’t matter. Nor does my pride or vanity.
Please take a moment to sign the petition urging the Obama administration to negotiate the release of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, and then share it.
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