Executing 37 people and pinning their dead bodies to poles, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shocked the world with their mass scale execution, probably the most barbaric incident after Khashoggi’s killing.
Human Rights Watch, absolutely horrified by the largest mass execution in three years, described the punishments as ‘grotesque’ and called it as ‘the day we feared’. The Kingdom’s news agency has called it a necessary action to clamp ‘terrorism’ because the executed were “adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells to corrupt and disrupt security as well as spread chaos and provoke sectarian strife.”
According to the interior ministry, the ones executed were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives and killing a number of security officers. After beheading, two dead bodies were also pinned to the poles as a warning to others.
Among the executed, the majority belonged to Shia sect, which rose grave concerns regarding the minority rights and prevailing sectarian discrimination in the Kingdom. Human Rights Watch expressed the reservations and condemned it.
“Today’s mass execution of mostly Shia citizens is a day we have feared for several years. The punishments are especially grotesque when they result from a flawed justice system that ignores torture allegations,” said Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher at HRW.
“Today’s mass execution of mostly Shia citizens is a day we have feared for several years. The punishments are especially grotesque when they result from a flawed justice system that ignores torture allegations” – said Middle East researcher at HRW, Adam Coogle.
Kingdom’s Shia population, that makes about 10-15% of the total, have often voiced their concerns regarding the discrimination they face.
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