19 year old Abdullah al-Zaher is facing the death penalty for his alleged involvement in the Arab Spring in February 2012 when he was 15 years old.
He is the youngest of a group of males sentenced to death for the alleged offences.
According to Arab news outlets, 52 prisoners are set to be executed within days for their involvement in the uprisings in the Shi’ite dominated area of Qatif.
According to reports, all prisoners will who were convicted by the Specialised Criminal Court will be executed in a single day across 9 cities.
Abdullah is currently understood to be held in isolation, awaiting execution.
Amnesty International and Reprieve claim Abdullah was “tortured into bogus confessions” that was used to convict him.
Saudi security officials allegedly beat him with wire iron rods and denied him access to his family or a lawyer.
“What we know from the families of the three is that they are in solitary confinement and being prepared for execution,” a Reprieve spokeswoman said.
International law prohibits the use of the death penalty against anyone under the age of 18.
According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia is one of the most prolific executioners in the world.
In the last 30 years, it has put 2200 people to death — sometimes for alleged crimes committed before the age of 18, which violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is despite Saudi Arabia heading the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
You can support Amnesty International’s call for Abdullah’s sentence to be quashed by signing its petition here: http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/38122/