Anonymous Calls For Saudi Arabia Ban from 2016 Olympics

Online activist collective Anonymous and @OperationNimr – a voice campaigning to nullify the death sentence handed to Saudi Arabian youth are both calling for the exclusion of Saudi Arabia from this year’s Rio Olympics.

With a nod to Saudi Arabia’s controversial human rights record, Anonymous and @OperationNimr are calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to keep out Saudi Arabia from the summer Olympic games, @OperationNimr revealed to Hacked.

Despite an outcry from activists and human rights groups, Saudi Arabia recently executed and crucified 47 people on January 2, 2016. A majority of those executed included prominent Arab Spring activists and pro-democracy supporters.

Anonymous has previously endeavored to shed light on the death sentences handed out by the Saudi Arabian government toward its youth. Known for its hacktivism, Anonymous took down several government websites in early September 2016. The targeted hacking run brought focus to a 2012 death sentence handed to the then-17-year-old teenager, Mohammed al-Nimr.

A Saudi court judgement noted that Nimr had “encouraged pro-democracy protests [using] a Blackberry.

In response, websites such as Saudi Airlines, the Ministry and Justice and more were taken offline.

“Hundreds of innocent people die each year because of the Saudi Government, and they (the Saudi Government) will now be punished for their actions,” Anonymous said at the time.

In a report by Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia is revealed as “one of the most prolific executioners in the world.” Executions are known to be carried out for “crimes” such as witchcraft, sorcery and adultery.

The latest call to ban Saudi Arabia is yet another attempt to bring the kingdom state’s death penalty practices under the world’s scanner. Between January 1986 and June 2015, at least 2,200 known people were executed in Saudi Arabia, half of whom were foreign nationals. Significantly, over a third of these executions took place for offences that did not figure within the threshold of “most serious crimes.” Under international law, “most serious crimes” is a category for which the death penalty can be imposed.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.