Alwaght- International criticism once again poured against Saudi Arabia rulers as Riyadh on Tuesday announced it executed 37 citizens for what it claimed to be acts of “terrorism”. While there are no figures available about the real number of executions in the Arab kingdom due to the absence of international supervision, the latest executions have raised speculations about the real motivation for the move.
Intimidation policy to prevent an uprising
Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that since 1995 has been among the highest-ranking executing states. A majority of those executed in the absolutely-ruled monarchy were sentenced to the death penalty by secret courts. They range from the political dissenters to ordinary convicts whose confessions have been obtained under torture.
According to Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Council, between January 1985 and January 2015 at least 2,082 Saudis were executed. However, as it was above-mentioned, there is no much trust in the announced numbers. A comparison of the execution figures over the past decade reveals an important reality.