Public executions for ‘crimes’ such as homosexuality, blasphemy or apostasy, seem only applicable to the teachings and practices of terrorist organisations and cults such as ISIS. And when they are carried out they are rightly condemned by most of the civilised world.
However, one of the Wests’ allies is also culpable for such acts. Saudi Arabia.
Beheadings in the Middle Eastern Superpower are almost as common as parking tickets. According to several groups that monitor the death penalty worldwide, the kingdom executed 157 people in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in two decades. Just 2 weeks ago 47 people in one day were execcuted. Yet, Saudi arabias foreign minister urged Britain to respect the contry’s use of the death penalty.
Adel al-Jubeir, responding to a question over the kingdom’s image problem by saying, “In your country, you do not execute people, we respect it. In our country the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this as it is the law.”
He also suggested, “We have not been good at explaining ourselves, we have not done a good job at reaching out to the British media or to the British public or to the British institutions, academic institutions, think thanks and so forth.
Human rights organisation, Amnesty International said the Saudi authorities had demonstrated “utter disregard” for human rights. Among the 47 killed was a prominent, outspoken, Iranian Shia cleric- Philip Luther, director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa programme, said of his death that the “The killing of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in particular suggests they are also using the death penalty in the name of counter-terror to settle scores and crush dissidents… carrying out a death sentence when there are serious questions about the fairness of the trial is a monstrous and irreversible justice.”
The Saudi Arabian foreign minister suggests why the USA, the country with the 5th highest death penalty executions, doesn’t ever come under any scrutiny. This is perhaps due to Saudi Arabias use of barbairc, medieval methods for carrying out the death penalty. This can include beheading, crucifictions and stoning to death. As well as its unfair and biased justice system.
The sheer horrific nature of the executions, it seems ludicrous and I see absolutely no reason why anyone whould respect the Saudi Arbian manner of justice.