Rights groups warn Saudi female activist may face beheading

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Rights groups warn Saudi female activist may face beheading

Israa al-Ghomgham and four others face execution over the 2011 Arab Spring protests.


The Grand Mosque (AP)
The Grand Mosque (AP)

Human rights groups have warned that a female Shia activist detained in Saudi Arabia since December 2015 may be beheaded.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups have said that Israa al-Ghomgham and at least four other activists face execution for participating in 2011 Arab Spring protests in eastern Saudi Arabia’s Shia heartland.

Human Rights Watch said al-Ghomgham is the “first female activist to possibly face the death penalty for her human rights-related work, which sets a dangerous precedent for other women activists currently behind bars”.

The US state department said it is aware of al-Ghomgham’s case and remains “deeply concerned by the detention of activists in Saudi Arabia”.

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