Karl Andree’s return welcome, but terrible abuses continue

November 11, 2015

Images of Ali al-Nimr

Commenting on the news that British grandfather Karl Andree is to be released from Saudi Arabia to the UK, Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said:

“It’s extremely welcome that Karl Andree is finally to return to his family in the UK – his release will come as a huge relief to his loved ones. But while the Saudi authorities have thankfully relented in his case, we must remember that terrible abuses continue. Executions have doubled in Saudi Arabia since last year, and the authorities are still planning to execute juveniles like Ali al Nimr for attending protests. As a close ally, the UK must press the Saudis to change course, before more lives are lost.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 (0) 207 553 8140.

Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on: katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org / +1 917 855 8064.

2. Saudi Arabia has carried out at least 151 executions since last year, it was revealed this week. See the Reprieve website for details.

3. Reprieve’s recent report on the use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia is available here.