Kuwait executes seven individuals, the primary since 2017

Kuwait executed seven individuals for homicide on Wednesday, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned, as the primary executions since 2017 went forward regardless of calls from a distinguished human rights group.

An Ethiopian girl and a Kuwaiti girl have been amongst these hanged, together with three Kuwaiti males, a Syrian and a Pakistani, in keeping with an announcement.

The executions are the primary since January 25, 2017, when the oil-rich Gulf nation additionally hanged a bunch of seven individuals, together with a member of the royal household.

They coincided with a go to by the vice-president of the European Fee, Margaritis Schinas, and the European Union mentioned it was summoning the ambassador of Kuwait in response.

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“The EU requires a halt to executions and an entire de facto moratorium on the execution of the dying penalty as a primary step in the direction of a proper and full abolition of the dying penalty in Kuwait,” the bloc mentioned in an announcement.

Amnesty Worldwide additionally demanded a halt to the executions, calling them “probably the most merciless, inhuman and degrading punishment”.

“The Kuwaiti authorities should instantly set up an official moratorium on executions,” Amnesty’s deputy regional director, Amna Guellali, mentioned in an announcement.

Capital punishment is widespread within the area, notably in Iran and Saudi Arabia, the place 81 individuals have been executed in a single day in March, prompting worldwide condemnation.

Kuwait has executed dozens of individuals because it launched the dying penalty within the mid-Nineteen Sixties. Most of these convicted have been murderers or drug traffickers.

In April 2013, Kuwaiti authorities hanged three males convicted of homicide. Two months later, two Egyptians, convicted of homicide and kidnapping, have been executed.

Courts in Kuwait, which has an elected parliament and an energetic political scene, have handed down dying sentences up to now to members of the Al-Sabah household that dominated the nation for 2 and a half centuries.

“Whereas the Kuwaiti authorities have an obligation to deliver these liable for severe crimes to justice, the suspects should be tried in accordance with worldwide regulation in trials that adjust to Kuwait’s worldwide human rights obligations,” Guellali mentioned.

“The authorities should instantly set up an official moratorium on executions so as to utterly abolish the dying penalty,” he added.

– “Merciless Punishment” –

The executions in Kuwait come lower than every week after Saudi Arabia mentioned it had executed two Pakistanis for heroin smuggling, ending a virtually three-year hiatus in drug executions.

Since then, there have been six extra executions for drug offences, together with two Saudi girls killed on Tuesday and a Jordanian on Wednesday.

Up to now this yr, 136 executions have been carried out within the kingdom, practically double final yr’s complete of 69, in keeping with an AFP tally.

Saudi Arabia executed 27 individuals in 2020 and 187 in 2019.

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In January 2021, the dominion’s human rights fee introduced a moratorium on the administration of the dying penalty for drug crimes.

The newest executions are “a blow to the official moratorium,” Amnesty mentioned in an announcement final week.

“The lives of individuals on dying row for drug-related and different crimes are in danger,” he added.

“Whatever the crimes dedicated, nobody ought to endure this merciless, inhuman and degrading punishment.”

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