UN Experts Tell Saudi Arabia to End Child Executions

Oct 7th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

Saudi Religious PoliceThe Committee on the Rights of the Child, a U.N. human rights watchdog, called on Saudi Arabia earlier today to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal laws that allow violence against children as punishment, including stoning, amputation, flogging and execution.

The group also condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s air strike campaign in Yemen, claiming the strikes have killed and maimed hundreds of children and condemned them for using a starvation tactic in their war against Iran-backed Houthis.

The committee had 18 independent experts examine Saudi Arabia’s record of compliance with a U.N. treaty protecting the rights of children under 18 years old.

Nazarene_Pin_Ad_300pxThe chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, told the group that sharia law was above all laws and treaties but that Saudi Arabia had the “political will to protect children’s rights.”

Children older than 15 are tried as adults in Saudi courts and can be executed. The report shows that out of 47 people executed on January 2, 2016, at least four were younger than 18 when sentenced to death.

U.N. experts are deeply concerned that Saudi Arabia “still does not recognize girls as full subjects of rights and continues to severely discriminate (against) them in law and practice and to impose on them a system of male guardianship.”

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