Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners are appealing to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in 2012.
In a letter released Friday they said staying the executions would “correct a great injustice.”
The laureates said the 14 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial “based on the actions of the worst defendant,” arguing that several would never warrant the death penalty. They also accused Saudi authorities of coercing confessions and reportedly subjecting the protesters to physical force.
The 14 face execution for protests and violence against security forces.
Among the 14, all minority Shia Muslims, is Mujtaba al-Sweikat, who was detained at a Saudi airport on his way to the United States to attend Western Michigan University.
The laureates said al-Sweikat was 18 when he was arrested on charges including supervising a group on Facebook and photographing …