Saudi Arabia executed more than 180 people last year, breaking its own record for executions, according to Amnesty International’s latest global review of the death penalty. The international human rights group’s report, which showed an overall worldwide decline in executions, was released this week.
Amnesty said Saudi authorities executed 184 people in 2019 for crimes ranging from drug offenses to murder, an increase from 149 in 2018. The country put six women and 178 men to death last year, Amnesty said, with more than half of the people executed being foreign nationals.
The organization also reported “increased use of the death penalty as a political weapon against dissidents from Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a Muslim minority.” Among those killed by the Saudi regime were 37 people, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution for alleged terrorism-related crimes.