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UN rights experts urge Riyadh to stop child executions

A group of human rights experts affiliated with the United Nations has called on the Saudi regime to stop executing children, saying Riyadh must abide by the terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Any judgment imposing the death penalty upon persons who were children at the time of the offense, and their execution, are incompatible with Saudi Arabia’s international obligations,” the group said on Tuesday.

The experts also voiced concern over the fate of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr (shown below), who was arrested during an anti-government protest in Qatif, Eastern Province, back in 2012 when he was only 17 years old. Nimr was later convicted of alleged criminal activities and handed down a death penalty by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court in May 2015.


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