Protesting the very poor human rights record of Saudi Arabia, the hacktivist group Anonymous is attacking the government websites of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the wake of a decision by the government to execute a teen. The attack is being coined “#OpNimr” by Anonymous, in support of 17-year-old Mohammed al-Nimr who has been convicted of anti-government activities which he allegedly committed in 2012. He will be executed anytime now.
The sentence was appealed against but it was stuck down and the verdict was upheld. Anonymous has stated that al-Nimr is innocent and is just a young boy and therefore they are opposing his death penalty. Anonymous has further stated that al-Nimr was not even given a lawyer and was tortured in prison and forced to sign a confession which was used against him to convict him in court.
Through #OpNimr, Anonymous is attacking several government websites and taking them down, and have threatened to continue the attacks against said websites.
The websites that Anonymous has attacked so far include the sites of the Ministry of Civil Service, Ministry of Justice, the Technological Centre of Saudi Arabia’s military and security sectors, Saudi Airlines and the General Administration of Education.
Anonymous has been pretty vocal in its attack on the government of Saudi Arabia. They have called the government inhumane and has accused it of breaching human rights. It is a known fact that Saudi Arabia has often been criticized for its violations of human rights, and the execution of Mohammad al-Nimr via crucifixion is the latest incident. Even Amnesty International, the renowned global human rights organisation, has criticized the Saudi Government and have stated that the teenage boy has been tortured while in prison. Several key UN members have also recently criticized Saudi Arabia for their disregard towards human rights.