Saudi Arabia executed 184 final 12 months – the best quantity in six years – together with lad arrested for WhatsApp messages

Saudi Arabia executed 184 last year – the highest number in six years – including lad arrested for WhatsApp messages

SAUDI Arabia executed 184 individuals final 12 months together with a younger man arrested over WhatsApp messages, shock figures reveal.

The nation’s authorities carried out its highest variety of executions for six years together with three teenage prisoners held in reference to pro-democracy protests.

Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was simply 16 when he was arrested


Mujtaba al-Sweikat was beheaded this week for spreading details about a protest in Saudi Arabia when he was 17[/caption]

A majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by public beheading
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King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz
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One of many victims included Abdulkarim al-Hawaj, 21, who was tortured with electrical energy and beheaded as a result of as a 16-year-old he despatched WhatsApp messages a couple of demonstration.

Abdulkarim and 36 others have been executed on a single day in April throughout a beheading massacre for prisoners convicted of “terrorism” offences.

One was crucified and put up in show as a warning to others.

A second teenager was put demise after being arrested as a 17-year-old boarding a flight to the US the place he was as a result of start his research at Western Michigan College.

Campaigners say Mujtaba al-Sweikat was convicted solely on the premise of a confession extracted underneath torture.

One other of these killed was teenager Salman Qureish, who was arrested shortly after his 18th birthday.

Sentencing an individual to demise who’s underneath 18 is banned underneath worldwide regulation.

However executions of the children went forward regardless of Saudi Arabia vowing to not put juveniles to demise.

One of many victims was homosexual, put to demise after confessing to intercourse with 4 different males on trial.


Maya Foa, director of marketing campaign group Reprieve, referred to as on the US and UK to name out the executions within the “strongest potential phrases” saying that worldwide strain “could make a distinction”.

She mentioned: “In keeping with official Saudi figures, 37 individuals have been executed for ‘terrorism’ offences in 2019, however a better take a look at the fees – ‘disobedience towards the King,’ ‘making ready banners with anti-state slogans,’ ‘incitement by way of social media’ – reveals who these so-called terrorists actually are.

“Mujtaba al-Sweikat and Abdulkarim al-Hawaj have been arrested after collaborating in pro-democracy demonstrations.

“For all of the discuss of reform, Saudi Arabia remains to be a rustic the place attending a protest or criticising the regime can get you killed.”

The human rights charity insisted that Saudi Arabia places an finish to all human rights abuses forward of the G20 summit which the nation’s de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, is because of host in Riyadh later this 12 months.

Foa added: “These newest execution figures expose the hole between the reformist rhetoric and bloody actuality of Mohammed Bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia.

“Because the Crown Prince travels the world assembly heads of state, his regime has been executing younger males arrested as youngsters for the ‘crime’ of standing up for democracy.

“With the G20 summit in Riyadh quick approaching, 2020 should be the 12 months that the Kingdom’s companions cease falling for the Saudi appeal offensive and demand on an finish to those egregious human rights abuses and violations of worldwide regulation.”

Reprieve’s figures present that 82 have been put to demise for drug smuggling and 57 for homicide.

The quantity killed in 2019 is greater than double the 88 prisoners put to demise in 2014. Of the 184 who died, 88 have been Saudis, 90 have been foreigners and 6 of unknown nationality.

Saudo Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the G20 summit
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King Salman pictured with former PM Theresa Might


The hardline kingdom has an extended and sickening custom of public executions[/caption]

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