The execution of 37 Saudi dissidents by the Saud regime has led to a barrage of rejection and condemnation worldwide.
Human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) repeatedly denounce the execution of 37 citizens on 23 April by order of the Saudi regime. Most were Shiite activists, accusing them of “terrorism.
“Mass executions are not the sign of a ‘reformist’ government, but rather the sign of an autocratic and capricious executive,” repeats Michael Page, HRW’s deputy director of the Middle East.
Among those beheaded were three young minors at the time they were charged with alleged terrorist “crimes. One of the victims, Muytaba al-Sweikat, was arrested in 2012 as he was about to board a plane to the United States to attend college, according to HRW.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in turn condemned this “shocking” crime. “I roundly condemn these shocking mass executions in six cities in Saudi Arabia, despite the serious doubts raised about these cases by numerous UN special rapporteurs, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and other institutions,” Bachelet denounced.
The European Union (EU), in turn, attacked the Saudi autarchy for mass execution of dozens of activists. “It is a cruel and inhuman punishment, which has no deterrent effect and represents an unacceptable denial of dignity and integrity,” says the bloc.
Amnesty International (AI) is also raising its voice to condemn the beheading of opponents. The body denounces the Sauds’ use of “the death penalty as a political tool to crush dissent”.
Documents recently released by the US news network CNN show that the 37 victims had confessed “under torture” in Saudi prisons.
Human rights organizations report that Riyadh has exponentially increased the repression, arrest, imprisonment and execution of civil rights activists. In addition, it subjects them to brutal torture, including sexual assault.