Twitter users are responding in the best possible way to Saudi Arabia’s reported ‘threat to sue’ them for comparing it’s imminent execution of a Palestinian poet to Isis.
People have simply invited the Saudi government to sue them and continue to compare similarities between the Kingdom and Isis.
This comes after a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy – abandoning his Muslim faith – last Friday, according to Human Rights Watch.
A source within the ministry told the pro-government newspaper A-Riyadh, said Saudi Arabia’s justice ministry would “sue the person who described … the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being ‘ISIS-like’.”
Despite their threats, it hasn’t stopped Twitter users from uniting together to condemn their actions.
— Jayson Warner Smith (@JaysonWSmith) November 27, 2015
Saudi Arabia, please sue me.I will be in Leb next week for extradition. “Saudi Arabia to sue anyone who compares their justice syst to Isis”
— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) November 26, 2015
I just want to say the Saudi Arabia’s justice system is ISIS like,in light of their recent statement that they will sue people that tweet it — Thomas Barlow (@tbarls) November 27, 2015
Users also got a bit creative and created the hashtag #SueMeSaudi.
Saudi Arabia has been criticised repeatedly for its punishments. Not only have their actions received international condemnation, but their actions have frequently been compared to that of the terrorist group.
The Kingdom, a close UK ally, has executed 152 people in 2015. It is the highest number on record since 1995, according to Amnesty International.
Isis, also known as the Islamic State, has been accused of executing as many as 10,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. However, the figures are incredibly hard to verify with any degree of accuracy.
UN experts, the European Parliament, along with human rights groups have urged Saudi Arabia not to execute Fayadh.