Muslimpress:Based on an article published in ‘Amnesty International’, Saudi’s government beheads a person every two days.
According to a report by Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days. The kingdom killed 102 convicted criminals in the first six months of 2015 alone, putting it on course to beat its 1995 record number for the calendar year of 192. Those killed included children under the age of 18 at the time of the offence, and disabled people. Amnesty, which alongside the AFP news agency keeps a record of the number of people the Saudi government kills, said the execution rate suddenly surged in August last year and continued to rise under the new King Salman from January.
According to a new 44-page report released by the charity today, at least 2,208 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since January 1985. This while, nearly half of those, 48.5 per cent, were of foreign nationals, who Amnesty said suffer disproportionately under the Saudi justice system because of a combination of xenophobic prejudice and a lack of Arabic to understand proceedings. Amnesty said that Saudi Arabia carried out most of its executions in the period by beheading, although some were killed by firing squad. Despite UN calls for the end of executions by public, many convicts were beheaded in either the public square of the town or city where they were sentenced, or in other publically-accessible spaces. In some cases, the remains of those executed were displayed in public as a deterrent to others, Amnesty said. This is however, the charity said it has never been granted access to the country itself, or received a single response on its findings or letters from the Saudi government. Moreover,
it has been said that the government has never published any such records.