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The men are Shia Muslims in a country ruled by Sunni Muslims.

The Independent:

Fourteen men who face being imminently beheaded in Saudi Arabia at the stroke of a pen have raised the plight of the Shia minority in the Sunni kingdom.

The activists were given the death penalty after being convicted of a series of terrorism charges for taking part in protests described by the authorities as an “armed rebellion”.

They had taken to the streets as part of the Arab Spring protests which had swept across Islamic countries in 2011 in a bid to topple despotic leaders and oppressive governments.


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