SAUDI ARABIA: MORE THAN 130 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXECUTED SO FAR IN 2019
|A Saudi executioner shows of his razor-sharp sword
September 17, 2019:
Saudi Arabia has executed 134 people so far this year, including six who were kids when they were arrested, The Death Penalty Project revealed in a report presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Sources: thesun.co.uk, 16/09/2019)
The slain were tortured and slaughtered by brutal methods – including crucifixion and beheading, according to a human rights organisation.
The “alarming rise” in state executions comes despite Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's pledge to reduce the use of the death penalty.
In the report, The Death Penalty Project revealed a further 24 people are at “imminent risk” of execution.
They include three children, prominent political opponents of the crown prince, clerics, and human rights campaigners.
At least six teens were executed this year after being arrested for supposed "crimes" when they were kids, the report claims.
Among those executed this year are three women and 51 who were facing drug charges that would be considered minor offences elsewhere in the world.
At least 58 of those killed were foreign nationals and most were accused of spreading Shia Islam - a crime in the Sunni Arab state.
There were 21 Pakistanis, 15 Yemenis, five from Syria and four from Egypt.
Two Jordanians, two Nigerians, a Somalian and two from unidentified nations were also included in the figures.