Thursday, June 17, 2021

Saudi Arabia executes 26-year-old man for protesting against the government when he was a teen, human rights groups say

 Saudi Arabia has executed a young man over his reported involvement in anti-government protests when he was a teenager, human rights groups said Tuesday. 


The Saudi Ministry of the Interior announced that Mustafa al-Darwish, 26, had been executed, according to Reprieve. 

Al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his death and only learned that he had been executed by reading the news online, the UK-based non-profit organization said. 

Al-Darwish was arrested in May 2015 and charged with offenses related to his participation in protests - many of which occurred when he was 17 years old, according to Reprieve.

According to Reprieve, al-Darwish was placed in solitary confinement and "beaten so badly that he lost consciousness several times." 

"To make the torture stop, he confessed to the charges against him," Reprieve said.

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