3 HR Organizations: Saudi Execution of Two Detained Bahrainis is Extrajudicial Killing

2023-05-29 - 8:00 م

Bahrain Mirror: Three organizations, the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, and Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Bahraini detainees Jaafar Sultan and Sadiq Thamer, who have been detained in its prisons since May 8, 2015.

The three organizations said, in a joint statement, that "the Saudi authorities carried out the arbitrary death sentence against the detainees Sultan and Thamer after arbitrary detention that lasted for more than 8 years and an unfair and unjust trial marred by many legal abuses, and under a politicized and unfair judiciary that lacks the most basic standards of fair trials in political-related cases."

The organizations stressed that "the execution crime carried out by the Saudi authorities today falls under the classification of extrajudicial killings, as the two detainees had denied the charges brought against them after being subjected to torture and ill-treatment."

They pointed out that "the Saudi authorities continue to use the "Terrorism" charge with its loose definitions as a means to punish its opponents as part of a series of repressive campaigns  for purely political reasons," highlighting that "the Saudi authorities have carried out many executions against prisoners of conscience inside its prisons, the last of which was a few days ago."

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