Saudi Arabia widely criticized for increased execution rates

ByNews Desk


International Human Rights organizations worldwide have recently voiced deep concerns and worries as Saudi authorities continue to crackdown on political opponents and mercilessly giving them arbitrary death sentences.

The same monitor organizations accused the Saudi regime of systematic torture and putting opponents to death without undergoing fair trials.

According to the initial reports, the Saudi general prosecutor asked the penal court in Riyadh to sentence 27 Saudi political prisoners to death and 3 others to severe punishments.

Since Most of the defendants belong to the Shiite community, they have been charged with alleged espionage for Iran. Those include high-ranking Muslim clerics, namely Sheikh Badr Al Hilal Taleb and Abdul Jalil Alaithan, in addition to well-educated physicians and university professors.

Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the Saudi regime for high rate of executions and myriad cases of torture in Saudi prisons.

Amnesty international described the executions as ‘settling political scores’ with its ideological rival, Iran, and tightening the noose on the Shiite community in the Kingdome.

James Lynch, the London-based deputy director of Middle-East and North Africa programme at Amnesty International lamented the death sentences and forced confessions —obtained under duress— and considered the Saudi inhumane approach vis-à-vis prisoners of ‘freedom of speech’ as an overt scorn for the universal human rights conventions.


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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