A warning 2 years on from mass execution

By Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve

Two years on from a mass execution that saw political protesters – including children – killed, the government of Saudi Arabia shows no interest in halting a brutal wave of repression.

Hundreds of people have been executed in the last two years, and now several young protesters face imminent execution on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s watch. The international community – including Theresa May, who is soon to host the new Crown Prince – must hold him to his promises of ‘reform’ by demanding a halt to all executions immediately.

Two years since the Saudi authorities carried out a mass execution of 47 people, Reprieve is warning of fresh repression in the Kingdom under the new Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

On 2nd January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in one day. Among them were several political protesters and juveniles. Our research has shown that in 2017, several smaller mass executions were carried out in the Kingdom, with 141 people executed overall. Some 70% of the year’s executions were carried out after the new Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, took power in June.

Reprieve has raised concerns for 14 political protesters who face imminent execution, after their death sentences were upheld in July 2017. The 14 were convicted on the basis of ‘confessions’ extracted through torture. Among them is a disabled man, Munir al-Adam, and a juvenile, Mujtaba al-Sweikat.

The new year will see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman being hosted in London by Prime Minister Theresa May.