Saudi Arabia executed 170 death row inmates in 2023, compared to 2022

Saudi Arabia executed In 2023, 170 people were sentenced to deatha figure that is increasing compared to last year, according to a tally prepared by AFP based on announcements from the Saudi authorities.

As of December 31, 2023, 170 death row prisoners have been executed in the Kingdom In 2022 there were 147. On the other hand, it was recorded in 2019 a record 187 executions.

The last executions were carried out on Sunday. According to Saudi Interior Ministry press releases quoted by the official SPA agency, they were Saudis convicted of murder, two of them in Tabouk (north), one in Riyadh and one in Jazane (south).

Thirty-three people “involved in terrorism” and two soldiers convicted of treason are among 170 people executed since the start of the year.

In 2022, Saudi Arabia executed 147 people, 81 of them in a single day, sparking a wave of condemnation around the world.

Human rights defenders regularly denounce executions, usually by decapitationbut authorities consider them “compatible with Sharia (Islamic law)” and necessary to “maintain public order.”

According to human rights organizations, Saudi Arabia is one of the three countries in the world where most death sentences are carried out, along with China and Iran.

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