Why This Is Important
Sri Lankan immigrant maid sentenced to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. A baby in her care choked to death & Rizana was accused of murder. Rizana was 17 at the time, couldn’t speak the language & had an unfair trial…
Petition letter – Request for intervention to stop the death sentence of Rizana Nafeek
Your Excellency, President Mahinda Rajapakse
I am writing this to request your further intervention to save the life of a young Sri Lankan Muslim girl, Rizana Nafeek, a migrant worker who is facing the death sentence in Saudi Arabia. I understand that the matter has been brought to your notice since 2007.
As you are aware, an appeal was made on Rizana Nafeek’s behalf for which the lawyer’s fee was paid by human rights organisations and the Embassy personnel arranged the lawyers. After the appeal the Embassy personnel informed that they were following up the case before the courts. The appeal was pending for a long time as the sole witness who allegedly took the confession from the then 17-year-old Rizana Nafeek was missing. To our knowledge the court was unable to locate him. However, the Arab News Agency reported that the court had confirmed her death sentence.
The saving of the life of this young girl depends on the speedy pardon by His Royal Highness The King. There cannot be any quicker way of doing this than your own direct intervention as the head of state of Sri Lanka with His Royal Highness.
I understand that you have a delegation visiting His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. I sincerely hope you will continue to do your utmost to save the life of this young Muslim girl who went to work in a foreign country because of dire poverty.