Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

Death penalty keeps on happening on Saudi Arabia even after being protested by parties


IllustrationIllustration -The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 2016 then executed religious leaders from the Shiite group Nimr al-Nimr, one of the most vocal figures which often criticized the royal family and became one of the leaders of the Arab Spring in 2011.


The execution caused anti-Saudi riots in Iran. This also resulted in the increasingly weakening of the two countries that dominated the Middle East.

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In addition, Shiite Muslim groups in Saudi Arabia have also long criticized and complained of the discrimination they experienced under Sunni Muslim rule. But the Saudi Arabian government denies it firmly. Shiite groups often protest in the east of Saudi Arabia where their community usually lives.


The Saudi Arabian government has not yet answered a request for comment on this issue. Human rights in Saudi Arabia are being highlighted after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate office in Istanbul last month.


Human rights organization Amnesty International warns 12 death row inmates who are Shiite Muslims and suspected of spying on Iran will be executed immediately by Saudi Arabia. They have been taken to a national secret security body that only reports directly to the king.


According to Amnesty men were sentenced to death in unfair trials. They were sentenced to death after Saudi Arabia arrested 32 people who were considered Iranian spies throughout 2013 to 2014.

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"The families of the men are frightened by this development" Amnesty Middle East Director Heba Morayef said as reported by Radio Farda on Thursday, November 8th 2018, quoted from


The death row inmates were accused of espionage for Iran in 2016. Emnesty International said they were under the supervision of the President's Security Agency. They can be immediately executed after the king of Saudi Arabia ratified their sentence.


"Given the secrecy in the Saudi Arabian judicial process, we are afraid that this development will signal that in the near future the execution of the 12 people will be carried out" Morayef said.


While in an absolute monarchy government system, Saudi Arabia prohibits parties or political protests. There have been dozens of intellectuals and religious experts arrested for differences of opinion with the government. This year more and more female activists were arrested.


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