European Union questions the fairness of trials in Saudi Arabia

The European Union (EU) indicates that mass executions, such as the last one committed on Saudi soil against 37 people, cast doubt on the fairness of the trials.

In a statement on Wednesday, the European bloc deplored the execution by the Riyadh regime on Tuesday of 37 Saudi citizens, mostly Shiite activists, on charges of alleged “terrorism”.

“These mass executions raise serious doubts about respect for the right to a fair trial, which is a minimum international standard of fundamental justice,” the EU said.

The executions carried out in Riyadh (the capital), the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the province of Cashmere, the province of Orientale and the province of Asir are, according to the EU, the highest number of executions in just one day in the territory of the Arab kingdom since 2016.

The note also highlights the fact that the identity of most of those executed and doubts about the seriousness of the charges for some of them have the potential to fuel sectarian tensions that are already dominating the region.
The United Nations (UN) also reacted to the “shocking” execution in question. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed deep concern about the lack of due process in the Arab kingdom, the possibility that confessions had been obtained through torture and the ages of some of the accused.

The senior United Nations official also noted that some of those executed had participated in anti-government protests, especially in the Shi’a Muslim-majority regions in the east of the country.

For a long time, various oenegés and human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI), have been denouncing the exponential increase in repression, arrest and imprisonment by Riyadh of activists, who are also subjected to brutal torture, including sexual assault.

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