September 27, 2021

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Excessive executions after the end of the G20 presidency

Since the resignation of the Saudi Arabian G20 president, the country has again imposed significantly more executions. More people have been executed this year than last.

In Saudi Arabia Is after the death penalty G20– According to the leader Amnesty International Rose again. From January to July this year, 40 people were hanged in the state, according to a report released by the organization on Tuesday. This is more than the previous year.

In 2020 – when Saudi Arabia was the leader of the G20 – a total of 27 people were executed. In December alone, nine people were executed. On December 1, the president of Saudi Arabia resigned.

Dim G20 spotlight

“Once the G20 spotlight disappears in Saudi Arabia, the authorities will resume their ruthless persecution of people,” said Lynn Malouf, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa organization. Many were sentenced to prison and in some cases to death. According to Amnesty International, the “confession” was obtained through torture.

People received lengthy prison sentences in the first half of the year, among other things, for their satirical network contributions and human rights activism. After imprisonment, many of them faced travel restrictions. It was also imposed on the famous women’s rights activist Lutzsain al-Hadlul. She was sentenced to three years suspended imprisonment for her determination to end the driving ban for women.

“A brief break from oppression”

Amnesty International concludes that the G20 presidency, which the country took over in December 2019, will be a “short break from repression” in the Gulf state. According to reports, at least 39 people are still in Saudi prisons because of their human rights work or freedom of expression.

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The country has one of the highest number of executions in the world. According to Amnesty research, 184 people were hanged in 2019, some of them in public.