Human rights groups call on Riyadh to cancel execution of teens

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SHAFAQNA - Arab media published an article on Saturday reporting that five European and one Palestinian human rights organization have signed a joint letter urging Riyadh to respect children’s rights.
In the letter, the rights groups expressed concern over a Saudi court that sentenced Mohammad Nimr and Dawood Hussein al-Marhoon, both from the Eastern Province, to capital punishment in October 2014.

According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 2, 1990 and ratified by Saudi Arabia in 1996, the letter said, the Saudi regime has agreed to uphold the basic human rights of children.

The letter says the two above-mentioned teens were tortured and their confessions to any wrongdoing were elicited under duress.

The Saudi regime, which has been facing increasing criticism for its authoritarian rule and unfair laws fueling sectarian tensions, has been carrying out a crackdown on dissent across the country, particularly in the Qatif region of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

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