UN demands Saudi Arabia to stop crucifixions and executions of minors


September 23, 2015


Translated by Krisitna Rus

The group of human rights experts at the UN appealed to the leadership of Saudi Arabia.

Human rights activists demand from Riyadh compliance with the terms of the “Convention on the Rights of the Child”, its ratification and a halt of executions of minors.

In addition, the UN demands that Saudi Arabia does not issue such sentences to minors, with subsequent delay of execution of the sentence until adulthood – sometimes teenagers, realizing the severity of their sentence, do not live to see this moment.

Press TV reports that the experts expressed their concern about the fate of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was arrested at the age of 17 for participation in anti-government protests in 2012.

In May this year he was given a death sentence and all this time he was held in jail without the right to communicate with counsel. A young man is supposed to be executed by crucifixion.

“In Saudi Arabia this year already 134 persons were executed, 44 more than last year,” – said the UN experts.

Pravda.ru reported that representatives of non-profit human rights organization Reprieve had compared Saudi methods of executions with the methods of ISIS – in Riyadh, even after beheading the body of the accused is still put on public display, nailed to the cross.

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