A group of people joined together to protest the death sentence given to young domestic worker Rizana Nafeek.
The women protested in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo. They urged the Saudi king to stay the execution order, carrying banners which read ‘Stop! Rizana’s execution’.
Rizana Nafeek, then 17, left to Saudi Arabia seeking work. It is said she altered her birth date to February 2, 1982, in order to get work as a domestic employee. She was sent to work as a maid for a Saudi couple and was given charge of their new born baby. The baby died, apparently after choking while feeding. Nafeek was alone in the house at the time. She was handed over to the police, and during questioning is said to have confessed to the murder. On June 16, 2007, Nafeek was sentenced to death. However, there have been continued allegations that the confession was made under duress. Several human rights organisations have called for the Saudi king to intervene and save Nafeek’s life.
Photos show the protesters outside the Saudi embassy today.