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Saudi Arabia resumes executions for drug offences despite pledge

The Times reports on Saudi Arabia resuming executions for drug offences, despite pledging not to sentence people to death for non-violent crimes.

“The alarming rise in executions for drug offences in Saudi Arabia in recent days is at odds with the repeated promises by Bin Salman to reduce the scope of the death penalty, and the moratorium on executions for drug offences announced by Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission,” Reprieve said.

“We are calling on the international community to ask the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to immediately stay Hussein Abo Al-Kheir’s execution, and impose a formal moratorium be put in place on executions for drug offences.”