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‘Frankly quite stupid’: rights groups condemn Biden’s Saudi Arabia visit

Critics question value of US president’s visit, raising fears it will endanger dissidents and legitimise regime’s human rights stance.

Biden’s visit was confirmed a day after a Saudi court upheld Abdullah al-Howaiti’s death sentence for alleged crimes committed as a child, despite a royal decree ending such executions.

“The visit has been confirmed the day after Saudi courts once again relied on the torture-induced ‘confession’ of a 14-year-old boy,” said Jeed Basyouni of campaign group Reprieve. “This signals to MBS that he can commit such horrific human abuses with impunity.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.