Joint statement by the high representatives of Islamic organisations in the UK denounced Sh. Nimr death sentence

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Shafaqna (International Shia News Association) – A Joint statement released today by high representatives of Islamic organisations in the UK denounced Sh. Nimr death sentence and strongly asked the government of Saudi Arabia to act with responsibility and refrain from implementing the death sentence of Ayatollah al-Nimr.

According to Shafaqna the statements said: We are extremely alarmed about the recent death sentence which has been passed against Ayatollah Nimr Baqir Al-nimr as reported by the media for “sowing discord” and “undermining national unity”.  Ayatollah al-Nimr is a respected Muslim figure in Saudi Arabia. He is a faith leader, reformist and human rights activist, who has long campaigned for an end to discriminatory laws against the Shia minority population of the country. This sentence follows a lengthy two year detention in a Saudi prison, which has sparked outrage, not only from the Muslim community but also from the international human rights organisations. We strongly believe that the sentencing of Ayatollah Nimr as a leader of the minority Shia community will further inflame sectarian tensions and provide encouragement to extremist groups such as ISIS to continue their persecution of religious minorities.

 

Therefore, we strongly expect the government of Saudi Arabia to act with responsibility and refrain from implementing the death sentence of Ayatollah al-Nimr. We ask the government of Saudi Arabia to consider the negative and detrimental impact that any sentence of Ayatollah al-Nimr will have to their national image and demand that Ayatollah al-Nimr is released. We implore the government of Saudi Arabia to behave as a responsible role model to both Muslims and Muslim governments around the world.

 

Signed by:

 

Al-Khoei Foundation

 

AlulBayt Foundation

 

British Muslim Forum

 

Council of European Jamaats

 

Imamsonline

 

Islamic Centre of England

 

London Fatwa Council

 

Majlis-e-ulama Shia

 

Mecca Mosque Leeds

 

Radical Middle Way

 

World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities

www.shafaqna.com

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