A worrying statistic just released by Amnesty International. More worrying is the fact the Saudis have been executing children and the mentally disabled.(Original post by The Independent)
Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days, according to a report by Amnesty International.
The kingdom killed 102 convicted criminals in the first six months of 2015 alone, putting it on course to beat its 1995 record number for the calendar year of 192. Those killed included children under the age of 18 at the time of the offence, and people suspected of having mental disabilities.
Amnesty, which alongside the AFP news agency keeps a record of the number of people the Saudi government kills, said the execution rate suddenly surged in August last year and continued to rise under the new King Salman from January.
According to a new 44-page report released by the charity today, at least 2,208 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since January 1985.
Nearly half of those, 48.5 per cent, were of foreign nationals, who Amnesty said suffer disproportionately under the Saudi justice system because of a combination of xenophobic prejudice and a lack of Arabic to understand proceedings.
Amnesty said that Saudi Arabia carried out most of its executions in the period by beheading, although some were killed by firing squad.
Despite UN calls for the end of executions by public, many convicts were beheaded in either the public square of the town or city where they were sentenced, or in other publically-accessible spaces.
In some cases, the remains of those executed were displayed in public as a deterrent to others, Amnesty said. Typically done in cases of “haraba” or banditry, this involved tying the decapitated corpse along with the victim’s head in a bag to a post in a public square.
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Saudi Arabia beheading people every other day under King Salman's rule watch
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- 25-08-2015 13:24
- 25-08-2015 14:17
I can't believe they are killing the mentally disabled and children
but then they do use sharia as the basis for their laws do we honestly expect any better?
- 25-08-2015 15:22
What do you expect from savages?
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- 25-08-2015 15:24
Now there's a surprise. People who live in a barbaric part of the world surrounded by a barbaric culture act like barbarians. Who'd have thunk it?
- 25-08-2015 15:27
Well didnt we know this already...?
- 25-08-2015 15:30
Terrible. Tragedy how many young adults are dying from alcohol in the west also, ranging into the thousands all for corporate profit.
- 25-08-2015 15:32
Yet we sell them billions of pounds of the latest military equipment (which they have used to devastate neighbouring Yemen lately, causing a humanitarian crisis - spreading the love!) every year.