Saudi Arabia: Resumption of executions for drug offences ‘deeply regrettable’, UN rights workplace says

Spokesperson Liz Throssell said executions have been happening virtually every day over the previous two weeks, following the tip of a 21-month official moratorium. 

“The resumption of executions for drug-related offences in Saudi Arabia is a deeply regrettable step, all of the extra so coming simply days after a large majority of States within the UN General Assembly known as for a moratorium on the loss of life penalty worldwide,” she instructed journalists in Geneva. 

17 executions so far 

Since 10 November, Saudi Arabia has executed 17 males for what have been termed drug and contraband offences, with three happening on Monday. 

Those executed so far have been 4 Syrians, three Pakistanis, three Jordanians, and 7 Saudis. 

As executions are solely confirmed after they happen, OHCHR doesn’t have info on how many individuals could also be on loss of life row within the nation. 

Halt imminent execution 

However, Ms. Throssell stated they’ve acquired experiences {that a} Jordanian man, Hussein abo al-Kheir, could also be at imminent danger. 

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had beforehand taken up his case and located that his detention lacked authorized foundation and was arbitrary.  The rights consultants additionally famous grave issues regarding his proper to a good trial. 

“We urge the Saudi Government to halt al-Kheir’s reported imminent execution and to adjust to the Working Group’s opinion by quashing his loss of life sentence, releasing him instantly and unconditionally, and by making certain that he receives medical care, compensation and different reparations,” she stated. 

Against worldwide norms 

Ms. Throssell pressured that imposing the loss of life penalty for drug offences is incompatible with worldwide norms and requirements.  

“We name on the Saudi authorities to undertake a proper moratorium on executions for drug-related offences, to commute loss of life sentences for drug-related offences, and to make sure the correct to a good trial for all defendants, together with these charged with such offences, according to its worldwide obligations,” she stated. 



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