Public executions deserve ‘respect’

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.


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