From our friends and colleagues at the Atheist Alliance International:
New laws were recently annoucend by the government of Saudi Arabia that strengthens the criminalization of atheists in the country, including any communication with other known atheists or using the Internet to post or read about atheism. The laws further allow the government to prosecute atheists under the state’s anti-terrorism statutes, including the death penalty – simply for being an atheist!
This is even more outragous coming from a country that was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Commission!
Please sign the petition demanding national and international leaders to pressure the Saudi government into honoring its human rights commitments and rescinding its recent “Atheists = Terrorists” laws.
Atheist Alliance International has recently obtained “consultative status” with the United Nations and will now be participating as an NGO in the UN Human Rights Council and other UN and human-rights agencies to address this outrage. We will be contacting heads of state and their UN ambassadors to encourage a denouncement of these actions by the Saudi government and to seek protection for those who are now subject to arrest as terrorists simply for their religious unbelief. We are also providing legal funds to defend those who have already been arrested as well as to challenge the new laws.
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