Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a type of punishment, in accordance with a doc from the dominion’s prime courtroom seen by Reuters on Friday.
The choice by the Common Fee for the Supreme Court docket, taken someday this month, will see the punishment changed by jail sentences or fines, or a combination of each.
“The choice is an extension of the human rights reforms launched beneath the path of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the doc stated.
Flogging has been utilized to punish a wide range of crimes in Saudi Arabia. With no codified system of legislation to go together with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic legislation, particular person judges have the latitude to interpret spiritual texts and provide you with their very own sentences.
Rights teams have documented previous circumstances through which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a variety of offences, together with public intoxication and harassment.
“This reform is a momentous step ahead in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely certainly one of many current reforms within the Kingdom,” the president of the state-backed Human Rights Fee (HRC) Awwad Alawwad informed Reuters.
Different types of corporal punishment, equivalent to amputation for theft or beheading for homicide and terrorism offences, haven’t but been outlawed.
“It is a welcome change however it ought to have occurred years in the past,” stated Adam Coogle, Deputy Director of the Center East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the best way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.”
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