SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia executed Mustafa al- Darwish from the Shiite community on Tuesday who was convicted on charges related to an anti-government protest. According to the reports, the man had been a part of the 2011-2012 anti-government protest in Saudi Arabia when he was a minor. Darwish was executed in the city of Dammam on the charges of launching an “armed revolt” against Saudi Arabia’s ruler and “destabilizing security” in the kingdom. In April 2020, the kingdom announced that it was going to end the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed while they were a minor. Darwish’s execution has shocked everyone and many campaigners have called it a “deeply flawed trial”.
In 2015, Darwish was arrested for his alleged participation in the protest.
“By carrying out this execution the Saudi Arabian authorities have displayed a deplorable disregard for the right to life,” Campaign group Amnesty International said in a statement.
“He is the latest victim of Saudi Arabia’s deeply flawed justice system which regularly sees people sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials based on confessions extracted through torture.”
Saudi’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) had said that individuals convicted as minors would receive a prison sentence of no more than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility.
“Once again the Saudi authorities have shown that their claims to (have) abolished the death penalty for children are worthless,” said Ali al-Dubaisi, director of the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR)