Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

Abolish the death penalty

Saudi Arabia

Stop executions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty extensively. Death sentences are often imposed after largely secret and grossly unfair trials. Foreign nationals are particularly vulnerable in this flawed justice system.

Foreign nationals charged with a capital offence in Saudi Arabia have frequently received no legal advice or defence. In many cases, they are not even given access to an interpreter during their trials. Often lacking the language skills and knowledge to understand the trial process, some are not even aware that they have been sentenced to death.

Foreign nationals are also much less likely to receive a pardon than Saudi Arabian nationals with influence. Email the Saudi Arabian ambassadors in Nigeria and Indonesia to urge the Saudi Arabian government to stop executions now.

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When Amnesty International was created in 1961, only nine countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes. At the start of 2011, that number had risen to 96 countries.

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