Ali Hasan (612-730-0000)
Rehan Rizvi (312-823-7515)
Haider Hasan (630-362-4609)
ELMHURST, IL [October 26th, 2014]: UNITED FOR NIMR, a grass root group, invites you to attend the event being held in Elmhurst, IL to stop the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. This demonstration is part of a global effort to repeal the death sentence ruling.
A death sentence was passed on October 15, 2014 against a dissident Shiite Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Nimr, in Saudi Arabia after a deeply flawed trial. Sheikh Nimr was detained in July 2012 after demonstrations held in connection with the Arab Spring. The death sentence against Sheikh Nimr is part of a campaign by the authorities in Saudi Arabia to crush all dissent, including those defending the rights of the Kingdom’s Shiite Muslim community.
Members of the Shiite community have been arrested, imprisoned and harassed for holding collective prayer meetings, celebrating Shiite religious festivals and for breaching restrictions on building mosques and religious schools. Both National and International news media organizations have reported on the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr: FOX News, ABC News, The Guardian, BBC, Russian TV, and Press TV. Amnesty international stated that the death sentence was “Appalling and must be immediately quashed.”
We are gathering at the North West Corner of North Avenue and Kingery Hwy (Rt. 83), Elmhurst, IL, between the hours of 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 to protest the death sentence declared by the Saudi Government. We deem this as a violation of Human Rights and the right to Freedom of Speech. We request your presence and coverage of this event.
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