Saudi Arabia, a leading representative of the five-member UN Human Rights Council panel, made headlines in August for beheading more people than the Islamic State.
It has also recently attracted attention for planning to crucify a teenager who was arrested in 2012 for taking part in an anti-government protest.
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested at the age of seventeen, here's his story and four other activists that have been similarly sentenced...
Arrested in 2012 for taking part in an anti-government protest in Saudi Arabia Ali Mohammed al-Nimr will be crucified and beheaded after his latest appeal was dismissed.
He was apprehended aged 17 after a closed trial found him guilty of encouraging pro-democracy protests using his Blackberry.
Al-Nimr was allegedly tortured, denied access to a lawyer and not even told when his case was taking place until after he was sentenced to death.
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Raif Badawi is an activist and was sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes in prison after a Jeddah court convicted him for “insulting Islam."
Badawi founded a critical liberal website, and was imprisoned for his comments during television interviews.
Despite a worldwide appeal, in June a court upheld the decision to sentence the blogger, meaning his family's lawyers have no recourse for further appeal.
Fadhil al-Manasif is a human rights activist from the Eastern Province city of Qatif, al-Manasif and received a harsh 15-year sentence, plus a 15-year travel ban for charges that included “breaking allegiance with the king” and “being in contact with foreign news agencies in order to exaggerate news and harm the reputation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.”
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A Specialized Criminal Court judge ordered the detention of prominent human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair on April 15. In July, the court convicted him on vague charges arising solely from his peaceful activism, sentencing him to 15 years in prison, a 15-year travel ban, and a fine of 200,000 Saudi Riyals (US$53,000).
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Fowzan Al-Harbi is co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Right Association (ACPRA), and is known in Saudi Arabia for speaking out on the human rights situation in the country.
On 19 November 2014, a court sentenced al-Harbi to seven years in prison but suspended six years of the sentence on condition that he does not return to his activism.
According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia continued in 2014 to try, convict, and imprison political dissidents and human rights activists solely on account of their peaceful activities.