Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging, Death Penalty For Minors

April 28, 2020
52 Views

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Abolishes, Flogging, Death Penalty For Minors


Saudi Arabia has ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings, as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.

The death penalty was eliminated for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors, Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said in a statement, citing a royal decree.

“Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” the statement said.

The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shia community who are on death row. The were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18.

Human rights organization Amnesty International lists Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s most prolific executioners, after Iran and China. In its latest report, it said the kingdom had executed 184 people in 2019, including at least one person charged with a crime committed as a minor.

Capital punishment for crimes committed by people under the age of 18 runs contrary to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child  which Saudi Arabia has ratified.

 “This is an important day for Saudi Arabia. The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code and demonstrates the kingdom’s commitment to following through on key reforms across all sectors of our country.”
Awwad Alawwad said.

You may be interested

101 missing soldiers: Army blames report on improper correspondence
News
News

101 missing soldiers: Army blames report on improper correspondence

Webby - March 5, 2021

The Nigerian Army has said an improper correspondence that originated from the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole Headquarters in Maiduguri,…

Jack Dorsey’s Square Buys Majority Stake In Jay-Z’s Tidal For $297m, Adds Him On Board
Business
1 views
Business
1 views

Jack Dorsey’s Square Buys Majority Stake In Jay-Z’s Tidal For $297m, Adds Him On Board

Webby - March 5, 2021

Square, the mobile payments firm run by Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder, has acquired a majority stake in Tidal, the streaming…

“180 In Adamawa, 141 In Lagos” – Nigeria Records 708 New COVID-19 Cases As Total Hits 157,671
News
News

“180 In Adamawa, 141 In Lagos” – Nigeria Records 708 New COVID-19 Cases As Total Hits 157,671

Webby - March 5, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 708 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.