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Elena Valenciano, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights DROI, expresses her shock at the news that Saudi Arabia intends to proceed with the execution of Ali Mohamed al-Nimr and 54 others on death row and calls on the Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately stop the planned executions of 55 people.

"As the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, I wish to express my shock and outrage at the reports that 55 people convicted of ‘anti-Government offences’ are to be executed in the coming days in Saudi Arabia. There are reasons to believe that Ali al Nimr and Dawoud al Marhoon, both of whom were juveniles at the time of their sentence, are among those in imminent danger of execution.

I reiterate the European Parliament’s condemnation of the sentencing of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr to the death penalty, and call on the Saudi authorities to stop the executions. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should pay attention to the fact that it is a state party and thus legally bound to respect the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by anyone below the age of 18.

I urge the EU Member States and High Representative Mogherini to use their influence by raising these planned executions at the highest level with the Saudi Arabian Government."