Amnesty Calls on Saudi Arabia to Stop Executions

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Human rights group Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia to stop executions.

The London-based group said Friday that the kingdom has executed at least 27 people already this year, equal to the total number put to death in 2010.

Fifteen people were executed in May alone. The rights group says more than 100 others are currently on death row, many of them foreigners.

Amnesty called on the Saudi authorities to immediately stop executions and commute all death sentences. It said the kingdom must eventually abolish the death penalty completely.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed.