The UN denounced that Saudi Arabia executed 17 people in less than two weeks

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The United Nations Office for Human Rights detailed that executions over the past two weeks have been by beheading and have not been held in public< /h2>

The UN denounced that Saudi Arabia executed 17 people in less than two weeks

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The Saudi Arabian judiciary has executed 17 men accused of crimes related to drug trafficking since last November 10, when a 21-month moratorium on the death penalty for this type of crime ended, denounced today the United Nations Office for Human Rights.

Calling the end of the moratorium “deeply regrettable,” spokeswoman for the office Elizabeth Throssell explained that executions over the past two weeks have been by beheading and have not been held in public.

“The imposition of the death penalty for drug offenses is incompatible with international standards,” Throssell stressed.

Those executed since the end of the moratorium in Saudi Arabia there were four Syrians, three Pakistanis, three Jordanians and seven Saudis.

“Because executions are only confirmed after they take place, we have no information on how many people may be on death row,” Throssell acknowledged.

The UN denounced ; that Saudi Arabia executed 17 people in less than two weeks

Image of an execution in Saudi Arabia

However, the spokeswoman drew attention to the case of Jordanian citizen Hussein abo al-Kheir, who may be at risk of imminent execution.

The case al-Kheir has already been dealt with by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which determined that his arrest was not in accordance with international standards and doubted that the right to a fair trial was being complied with.

In this sense, the UN office asked Saudi Arabia to release the Jordanian “immediately and unconditionally”.

This year, 144 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia for various crimes for which the country's law contemplates the death penalty.

Complaints of human rights violations

In September, the Saudi human rights organization ALQST reported that five Saudi activists were sentenced to between 32 and 50 years in prison, in separate cases, for expressing themselves on social media in search of reforms or for opposing government policies in Riyadh.

The UK-based NGO explained in a statement that all of these sentences, the largest in the Arab kingdom, against activists for peacefully opinion, were issued by special courts throughout last August.

“ALQST follows with great concern the recent sentences against a series of activists and citizens for their activity on the networks, their demand for social and political reforms, and their defense of freedoms through posts on Twitter, amounting to 45 and 50 years in prison, in addition to the travel ban,” said the NGO.

It stressed that Abdulelah al Hwaiti and Abdudla Dakhil  they were sentenced to 50 years in prison  each, and a similar travel ban, for having opposed the deportation of their families from a region of northwest Saudi Arabia where the government is building the futuristic tourist city of Neom.

Another case is that of the writer and translator,  Usama Khaled, “detained since 2020, and who was sentenced on appeal to 32 years in prison, after a preliminary sentence of 5 years was handed down against him for trials r related to the right to express an opinion, “he added.

(With information from EFE)