Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree earlier this week ending capital punishment for individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of commission of the crime for which they are convicted (except in cases under the counter-terrorism law). Instead of the death penalty, the maximum penalty for juveniles will be 10 years at a juvenile detention facility.
According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia executed a record number 184 people in 2019. Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to eliminate the death penalty for all persons.
Article 6.5 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on persons under the age of 18. Saudi Arabia has not yet joined the ICCPR.