|Release young Ali al-Nimr!|
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A prisoner in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested when he was 17 years old, faces death by beheading and crucifixion after his final appeal was dismissed this week. Mr al-Nimr, who was arrested in 2012 for his participation in Arab Spring protests when he was just 16 or 17 years old, could now be put to death at any time. The case reportedly hinges on Mr. al Nimr's family connection to Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 53-year-old critic of the Saudi regime, and the teen’s uncle. The young man’s case has been the subject of fervent campaigning from rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve, who say he was tortured and forced to sign a false confession before being sentenced to death. Now, a group of UN human rights experts have penned a joint statement calling on Saudi Arabia to “immediately halt the scheduled execution” and give Mr al-Nimr “a fair retrial”.
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