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Saudi Arabia Executions Doubled Last Year


Saudi Arabia Executions Doubled Last Year

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia’s government doubled its use of executions last year, according to reports, with many prisoners killed despite having been convicted of non-violent crimes.

Separate studies by the European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) and Amnesty International have found that 2015 saw the Saudi authorities carry out at least 151 executions. Of those, the majority appear to have been convicted for non-violent crimes, including drug offences. The surge indicates that the country is executing at least one prisoner every two days.