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Rizana Nafeek

 Saudi Arabia  -  24 years old

 Sentenced to death


His story

Rizana Nafeek, a young Muslim girl, emigrated from her little village of Mutur, Sri Lanka, to Saudi Arabia in 2005, when she was just 17, because of the hard misery of her family.

She started working as housemaid and baby-sitter in the town of Dawadami, until not so long time after, the little child of her boss died while she was feeding him with some milk.

Rizana was accused to have killed him and was arrested, without a lawyer who might have defended her. Two years after, in 2007, she was sentenced to death during a trial without any serious evidence against her, simply based on a confession undersigned by her, who actually could not understand its contents, written in a foreign language.

No post-mortem report was carried out on the body of the dead infant, to establish why he died.

The Government of Sri Lanka has engaging itself from a long time to get the pardon from the infant’s family.

 

The appeal to save Rizana

The Community of Sant’Egidio urges everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare Rizana’s life from the execution, sending the following statement to the Saudi authorities by fax or e-mail.

 

URGENT APPEAL BROUGHT OUT BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF RIZANA NAFEEK, SENTENCED TO DEATH

Your Majesty

Royal Highness

Dear President

 Excellency

 I am writing to express my deep concern over a ruling which sentenced to death Ms. Rizana Nafeek, in spite of a doubtfully regular trial, based on a confession written in a unknown language for her, who nevertheless was somehow forced to sign it anyway, and without any evidence scientifically reporting the real reasons of the death of the infant she allegedly killed. I urge you to intervene on her behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment from being meted out against her. I implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.

Respectfully

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APPEAL TO:

 

  • Your Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud – Fax (Via Ministry of Interior): 00966.1.403 31 25
     
  • Ministry of the Interior, His Royal Highness Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud – Fax: 00966.1.403 31 25
     
  • President of Human Rights Commission, Mr.Bandar Mohammed Abdullah Al-Aiban – e-mail: hrc@haq-ksa.org
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  • Reale Ambasciata dell’Arabia Saudita in Italia – Fax: o6.85 51 781  E-mail: ambasciata.saudita@arabia-saudita.it
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