Saudi regime beheads more people than ever

This 24 April 2019 video says about itself:

The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday condemned the beheadings of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week, saying most were minority Shi’ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced.

Saudi Arabia, which said on Tuesday it had carried out the executions over terrorism crimes, has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists.

Spokeswoman for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ravina Shamdasani said United Nations rapporteurs had expressed concern about a lack of due process and fair trial guarantees amid allegations that confessions were obtained through torture.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Saudi executions reach a new high

SAUDI ARABIA executed 184 people last year, including at least three who were minors when arrested, a human-rights charity revealed yesterday.

The gruesome tally is the highest since Reprieve began tracking executions there six years ago.

Of those executed, 88 were Saudi nationals, 90 were foreign and six were of unknown nationality.

At least another three juveniles remain on death row and are at risk of imminent execution.

Reprieve director Maya Foa said: “This is another grim milestone for Mohammed Bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia.

“The Kingdom’s rulers clearly believe they have total impunity to flout international law when it suits them.

A country that tortures and executes children should be a pariah state, not preparing to host the next meeting of the G20.”

Despite the Crown Prince’s claim of trying to minimise the death penalty, the number of executions under Mr bin Salman’s rule has continued to rise, with four executions in 2020 already.

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