Saudi Arabia seeks to execute activist to ‘make an example out of her,’ says advocate
Israa al-Ghomgham is reportedly the first Saudi woman to face the death penalty for her activism
CBC Radio · August 22
Saudi Arabia is trying to “make an example” out of Israa al-Ghomgham, the first woman in the country to face execution for her activism, says human rights advocate Zena Tahir.
According to ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against Al-Ghomgham and four other human rights activists who are currently on trial in a secretive terrorism court.
Charges against her include incitement to protest and providing moral support to rioters.
Tahir, a research associate for the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights, spoke to As It Happens guest host Helen Mann about what these trials mean for the state of civil rights in the Kingdom.
Here is part of their conversation.
What was Israa al-Ghomgham arrested for?
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