The world is already on the brink of war amidst the Russia Ukraine crisis when another incident of mass execution occurred. If you think that the war going between Russia and Ukraine is against human rights then you should surely look at what is happening with people in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia hanged 81 individuals on Saturday, the greatest known mass execution in the kingdom’s modern history, for offenses ranging from murder to membership in terrorist groups. It is the greatest mass execution done and was a bit shocking too. Those executed topped even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for the 63 militants accused of capturing the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, which took place in the same month.
The attack in 1973 was the worst attack in history to demolish Islam’s holiest site. Several important human rights questions come into the picture while listening to such incidents. Executing 81 people at once irrespective of their crimes is the sheer destruction of human resources as a whole.
Questions were also raised wondering why only Saturday has been chosen for the sentencing death penalty in Saudi Arabia. There is no clear reason behind the same. However, what we see as a development measure is that the number of executions has been reduced. During the coronavirus epidemic, the number of death sentence cases in Saudi Arabia decreased, but the country continued to behead criminals under King Salman and his aggressive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The executions were reported Saturday by the Saudi Press Agency, which said those executed were “convicted of numerous crimes, including the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children.” Some of them executed, according to the monarchy, were members of al-Qaida, the Islamic State, and supporters of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Since 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthis in neighboring Yemen in an attempt to restore control to the internationally recognized government
For such reasons maybe Saudi and all these countries are infamous for executing criminals. The punitory laws in these countries are very strict and have a very lesser chance of dissolvement. Various human rights organizations across the globe have vouched for the rights of an accused person who is straightaway executed. The Prince’s justification of the same can be seen in an interview of his.
In an interview with a magazine, the crown prince discussed the death sentence, claiming that a “large proportion” of executions had been prevented by paying “blood money” to mourning families. “We abolished the death penalty except for one category, which is inscribed in the Quran, and we cannot do anything about it, even if we wanted to.’
The prince said this according to a transcript carried by Saudi-owned satellite news station Al-Arabiya. “If someone kills another person, their family has the right to seek capital punishment in court, unless they pardon him. Or if someone threatens the lives of numerous others, they must be executed.” “I don’t have the power to modify it,” he continued.