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Saudi Arabia Ends Death Penalty For ‘Minors’

Moving some more steps towards a liberal environment Saudi Arabia has taken away the death penalty for crimes. This is however only for minors who commit a crime. Yes, till now the Islamic Kingdom was having the death penalty for even minors.

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The move has come in line with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Saudi Arabia has ratified. ” The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution. Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility“, said Awwad Alawwad President of state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC).

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This comes after the country abolished flogging as punishment last week. The steps are a part of the reform program launched by the king and his son. Last year the country executed 184 people including at least one person charged with a crime committed as a minor.

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These changes would now help the orthodox Islamic nation to establish a more modern penal code. The nation got its women the right to drive a vehicle just a couple of years ago. This shows how the nation is transforming towards a modern liberal setup.

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