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Three Soldiers Executed in Saudi Arabia after Accusation of High Treason

The ongoing war of the Coalition lead by Saudi Arabia on Yemen has left great damage in both civilians in Yemen as well as in the Saudi Army.

The war in which the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is involved has caused the moders worlds’ largest humanitarian catastrophe.

On Saturday, April 11, 2021,  the authorities of Saudi Arabia executed three soldiers found guilty for “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy,” according to a statement from the kingdom’s defence ministry. 

The statement named the three soldiers as Mohammed bin Ahmed, Shaher bin Issa and Hamoud bin Ibrahim. The ministry claimed that a specialist court reached the verdict after a fair trial. 

However, the ministry did not name the alleged “enemy,” but the executions were carried out in the southern province bordering Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been at war for more than six years against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, according to Middle East Eye.

HRC40 Written Statement – Human Rights and the War in Yemen | Americans for  Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain

Furthermore, the news website added that Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the October 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists.

In 2019, Amnesty International ranked Saudi Arabia as the country with the third-highest number of executions, after China and Iran. 

Rights groups have called on the kingdom to abolish the death sentence, and have accused it of torture and unjust trials. Saudi Arabia denies the accusations.

The kingdom executed 27 people in 2020, down from a record 185 the year before, according to the Human Rights Commission, a government body, Said MEE.

Rights groups believe the drive to reduce the number of executions reflects the fall-out from the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi. 

Together for Justice urges the Saudi authority to stop the war on Yemen and withdraw its forces as this war has affected mainly the poor and defenceless Yemeni people including women and children. The organisation also calls on the international community to take a serious step to stop the violations of the Saudi authorities both at home (including the executions) and abroad, including the war on Yemen and targetting dissidents abroad.

READ MORE: Human Rights Activists Call to Release Rights Defender Nassima Al-Sada

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