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Saudi Arabia: European parliament resolution condemns use of death penalty

Campaigners have welcomed a resolution passed in the European parliament condemning Saudi Arabia’s use of the death penalty, particularly against child offenders.

The resolution, passed with an overwhelmingly majority on Thursday, partly focused on the cases of Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish and Abdullah al-Howaiti.

Darwish, who was arrested in 2015, was executed last month over charges relating to protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province which he took part in when he was 17.

Howaiti, who is still on death row, was arrested when he was 14 years old and sentenced to death at 17. His case is currently being considered by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court – after which his execution could be imminent.

The parliament said it strongly condemned the kingdom’s “ongoing execution of child offenders despite its claims that it has abolished such executions”.

Read the full story at Middle East Eye