A complete of 800 executions have been carried out since King Salman bin Abdulaziz took the throne in 2015 in Saudi Arabia, which has been de facto dominated by his son Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) after he turned crown prince three years in the past.
Noting that from 2009 to 2014, 423 executions had been reportedly carried out in Saudi Arabia, London-based human rights group Reprieve stated the speed of executions has nearly doubled since King Salman got here to energy on Jan. 23, 2015.
Recalling the promises beforehand made by MBS to “decrease” the variety of executions within the Kingdom, Reprieve stated in an announcement, “This newest grim milestone reveals that the alternative is in truth the case.”
Saudi Arabia executed 185 folks in 2019, probably the most in a yr for the reason that group started monitoring executions within the kingdom.
Thirty-seven folks had been killed in a mass execution on April 23, 2019, the group stated.
At least 13 different juvenile defendants are at imminent danger of execution, the assertion added.
“The concentrating on of prisoners of conscience and kids confirms the retaliatory and political use (of) executions,” the assertion quoted Ali al-Dubisi, director of European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, as saying.
MBS has taken on a grave human proper violations report since he took the ability. Promising to make so-called “reforms” to remodel the nation, his picture has been tarnished by a string of scandals, most notably the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which, in response to quite a few items of proof, was carried out on the direct order of MBS.
Also, the continuing Saudi-led battle in Yemen has resulted in one of many worst humanitarian crises on this planet, with an estimated 24 million folks, near 80% of the inhabitants, in want of help and safety in Yemen, in response to the U.N. MBS can be accused of extrajudicial detentions of different princes and torture of activists who criticize his authoritarianism and recklessness.