Saudi Arabia has abolished the much-criticized punishment of flogging to “comply with international standards of human rights (against) corporal punishment,” according to a document of the supreme Court consulted Saturday by AFP.
The kingdom ultraconservateur towel criticized by NGOS because of violations of human rights, including the existence of a sentence of flogging to be applicable in the case of murder, violation of “public order” or even extra-marital.
“The supreme Court has decided in April to remove the flagellation among the penalties that can decide the judges “, said the highest court of the kingdom in this document, without specifying the exact date.
According to her, the magistrates will now have to opt for imprisonment and/or fines as well as alternative sanctions such as work in the general interest, to ” comply with international standards of human rights (prohibit) corporal punishment “.
This decision is, according to this document, in the framework of the reforms and advances made in the field of human rights ” under the supervision of king Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The latter, de facto ruler of the country since 2017, is particularly pointed out by the organizations of defense of human rights. The opening of economic and social that the man they call ” MBS ” was conducted, was accompanied by increased repression against dissidents.
The announcement of the abolition of flogging comes a day after sharp criticism of the NGOS against the kingdom, after the death in prison as a result of a STROKE of the human rights activist Abdullah al-Hamid, who was serving a sentence of 11 years for having “broken allegiance” to the saudi king, “inciting disorder” and sought to destabilize the security of the State, according to Amnesty International.
The case of blogger saudi Raif Badawi has in recent years been the most iconic. Defender of the freedom of expression, he was sentenced in 2014 to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for “insult” to islam.
In 2015, he was awarded the Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, awarded by the european Parliament, which had called for his release ” immediate “.