The Washington Post reports:
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it had executed 37 people convicted of terrorism-related offenses, bringing the number of executions there in the first four months of the year to 105, according to the Saudi interior ministry and Reprieve, a human rights group that tracks the use of the death penalty in the kingdom.
It was the largest mass execution in Saudi Arabia since early 2016, when 47 people were put to death, also on terror-related charges. The vast majority of those executed on Tuesday were members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite Muslim minority, according to Shiite activists.
Those put to death included at least three people who were minors at the time of their alleged crimes and confessed to prosecutors’ charges under torture, according to Reprieve, which said it provided assistance to five of the people executed.
Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, including minors, without due process.
It pinned 1 body & severed head to a pole as a warning.
Reaction by UN Human Rights Council:
0 urgent sessions
0 commissions of inquiry
Saudi Arabia sits on @UN_HRC.
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 24, 2019
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 24, 2019
“This is the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history” https://t.co/uD31d1EQZB
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) April 24, 2019