South African civil groups are adding their voices to calls for the Saudi Kingdom to halt a pending execution of three moderate Islamic scholars, who have been labelled as political dissidents for their views on Saudi politics. Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari have been in prison since[…]
Despite international condemnation over its growing increase of human rights abuses, Saudi Arabia continues to act with impunity. So says analyst Na’eem Jeenah from the Afro-Middle East Centre, in the wake of reports that the Saudi Kingdom plans to execute three prominent moderate Saudi scholars. According to the Middle East[…]
On Tuesday, Saudi official sources announced the mass execution of 37 prisoners, including one rather abhorrent crucifixion, carried out after execution. The prisoners were lumped together and charged with several ambiguous charges such as terrorism, conspiracy to undermine security, spying, spreading Shia Islam and murder. The crucified man was accused[…]
Britain has issued its sharpest condemnation of the direction of Saudi Arabian human rights policy, describing its mass executions as “repulsive” and “utterly unacceptable in the modern world”. The remarks came after further details emerged of the Saudi government’s execution on Tuesday of 37 people, including three who were minors[…]
Iraq has executed a dozen members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) on death row, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Friday, after he vowed a swift response to the armed group’s killing of eight captives. The executions were carried out[…]
More than half of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out by Iran, a new report from Amnesty International revealed on Thursday. Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq are responsible for carrying out 85 percent of all reported death sentences worldwide, the report said. The figures show that the Middle[…]
Saudi Arabia has executed a member of its royal family for the first time in four decades. The prince was sentenced to death after being convicted of shooting and killing another man in a fight, the country’s Interior Ministry announced. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was put to death in[…]
Saudi Arabia has executed 47 “terrorists”, according to the interior ministry, including Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr and al-Qaeda-affiliated Faris al-Zahrani. In a press release read on state TV on Saturday, the ministry listed the names of all those it said were already convicted on charges of terrorism. The death sentence[…]
The Islamic State group executed 150 civilians in western Iraq, where it is fighting to control the town of al-Baghdadi near a US airbase, a local official said Friday. Malallah al-Oubeidi, the head of al-Baghdadi’s local council, said the victims were mostly members of the Albu Oubeid tribe, which is[…]
The radical Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a “caliphate”, a monitoring group said Monday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the execution of 1,429 people since the IS announced its ‘caliphate’ in[…]
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