Ali al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested on 14 February 2012, a few months after taking part in anti-government rallies in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced to death, despite being a minor when he was arrested and following a deeply unfair trial based on “confessions” he says were obtained through torture.
When he was 19, he was sentenced to death based on these so-called ‘confessions’.
That was over 6 years years ago. Since then, he’s been on death row in Saudi Arabia with the threat of death hanging over him.
Investigators, lawyers and campaigners are working hard to free Ali, and others in Saudi Arabia who were sentenced to death for ‘crimes’ carried out when they were children.
On April 26, Saudi Arabia announced a royal decree ending death sentences for children. But Saudi Arabia has announced positive steps before and then failed to deliver.
It’s now been 67 days since the royal decree was announced. Yet Ali and others like him remain on death row.