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The EU “deplores” the execution of 20 prisoners in Saudi Arabia in the month of November alone

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The European Union has “deplored” this Tuesday the execution of 20 prisoners in Saudi Arabia during the month of November, in what represents a “worrying evolution” in the use of capital punishment against those convicted of drug-related crimes.

“Unfortunately, these worrying developments de facto suspend the moratorium on the use of the death penalty for drug-related offenses that has been in place since 2021. As a matter of principle, the European Union is strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances,” has criticized European diplomacy in a statement.

In this sense, he has advocated ending this “cruel and inhuman” punishment, stating that “it does not act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.”

The situation in Saudi Arabia has generated complaints from United Nations experts who have called for the abolition of the death penalty for drug offences. A total of 20 people have been executed in the Arabian peninsula country since early November, twelve of them foreign nationals.



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