Saudi Arabia Executes And Crucifies A Man While Attacking Human Rights Violations In Canada
Saudi Arabia had carried out nearly 600 executions since the beginning of 2014, many of them for non-violent acts such as attending political protests

Saudi Arabia executed a man by crucifixion in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while attacking Canada on its human rights record.

Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen, a Myanmar man was convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the execution during a deepening dispute between Saudis and Canadians of how the kingdom is treating imprisoned activists.

Crucifixions in Saudi Arabia entail hanging a body in public after beheading. Jamaleddeen was accused of breaking into the home of a woman from Myanmar, firing a weapon in it then repeatedly stabbing her to death.

The report said his conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was endorsed by Saudi King Salman.

Read More: Saudi Arabia Carried Out 130 Beheading So Far In 2017

Saudis are one of the world’s top executioners, however, crucifixions are rare. Crimes such as attending anti-government protests and homosexuality have contributed to crucifixion sentences in the country. In 2010, a Yemeni man was crucified for raping and killing a girl and shooting dead her father.

Previously in April, the US-based Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people in during four months, half of them on non-violent drug charges. The absolute monarchy had carried out nearly 600 executions since the beginning of 2014, 153 of those executed last year, HRW said

Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director, said: “It’s bad enough that Saudi Arabia executes so many people, but many of them have not committed a violent crime. Any plan to limit drug executions needs to include improvements to a justice system that doesn’t provide for fair trials.”

A June report by human rights organisation Reprieve found that 41 per cent of those executed in Saudi Arabia in 2017 were killed for non-violent acts such as attending political protests.

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