UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children
People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed.
Independent, Matt Payton
Friday 7 October 2016
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia listens during the 71st United Nations General Assembly.
The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.
Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The committee’s 18 independent experts analysed the kingdom’s compliance record with a UN treaty protecting the rights of citizens under the age of 18.
Saudi Arabia ‘should be suspended from the human rights council’.
Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, the chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, did state the kingdom had the political will to protect children.
All sexual abuse against children should be made illegal in Saudi Arabia with persecutors prosecuted, the experts said.
The case of Muslim preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi was cited by the report, saying his charges were reduced and he was released from jail “after having raped, tortured and killed his five-year-old daughter” in 2012.
Saudi air strikes in Yemen were also strongly criticised by the UN watchdog which said hundreds of children had been killed and maimed.
Reuters contributed to this report.