Between 2015 and mid-2022, an average of 129 death sentences were carried out a year after Mohammed bin Salman assumed power, an 80 percent increase from 2010-14. Last year alone, 147 people were sentenced to death, according to international media. Among them, political opponents and critics are the main victims. In Arab countries, those who do wrong are given very severe punishments. Especially those found guilty of crimes like drugs, rape and terrorism are publicly executed. Beheading is also imposed.
It is known that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi had a profound effect on Prince Salman. On October 2, 2018, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey. Khashoggi, who severely criticizes the Saudi royal family and the government there, was murdered in the country’s consulate, and accusations poured in on the Saudi prince.
The European Saudi human rights organization Reprieve has alleged that more than 1,000 death sentences have been carried out since Prince Salman took power. Last year, 147 people were sentenced to death. In the month of March alone, 81 people were sentenced to death on charges of terrorism. Social changes are taking place in Saudi Arabia in recent times.
“Every data point in this report is relevant to a human life,” said Reprieve Director Maya Foa. “The Saudi death penalty machine criminalizes children, protesters, vulnerable women in domestic service, unknowingly possessing drugs, banned books or talking to foreign journalists,” he lamented.
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