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SAUDI ARABIA – IRAN
Riyadh executes 47 "terrorists", including Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr
These are the first executions of the new year. Last year more than 150 people were executed. Sheikh al-Nimr had criticised the marginalisation of the Shia community in the predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia. Iran has responded with threats.
31/01/2006 Saudi Arabia - Iran
UN to Saudi Arabia: An end to the execution of minors
At least 126 people on death row for crimes committed while still minors. Concern also for the execution of minors in Iran.
20/07/2016 15:25:00 SAUDI ARABIA
With Ramadan over, Saudi executions pick up; so far almost 100 carried out this year
Two people, a Saudi convicted of murder and a Pakistani sentenced for drug trafficking, are executed, bringing to 98 the number of executions in 2016. Rights groups note that this year’s rate of executions is higher than last year’s at this point in time.
04/01/2016 SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN
Riyadh breaks off diplomatic relations with Tehran
The announcement was made last night, after Iranian protesters stormed Riyadh’s Tehran embassy and consulate in Mashad. Khamenei calls it "divine vengeance"; Rouhani condemned the assault on the Saudi embassy as "illegal" and "unjustified". Anti-Saudi demonstrations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Indian Kashmir. Saudi Arabia’s hardening political positions.
Day of mourning in Iranian Kurdistan for the execution of five political prisoners
Protests in several cities in the region, despite the massive police presence. The most prominent of those killed was a 34 year old teacher, convicted of "taking up arms against God" after a seven minute trial.
Death Penalty: China first place in 2008, 1718 people killed
Worldwide 2390 were executed. In the sad list dedicated to capital punishment China gets first place, Asia first among the continents. 93% of the death sentences carried out by five states. Along with China are Iran (346), Saudi Arabia (102), USA (37) and Pakistan (36).
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