Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Protecting and Promoting Human rights in the Muslim World and Beyond

The OIC-IPHRC welcomes the decision of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to introduce reforms in the country’s penal code by abolishing floggings and capital punishment for minors.

Date:4/29/2020

The OIC-IPHRC welcomes the decision of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to introduce reforms in the country’s penal code by abolishing floggings and capital punishment for minors.

 

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomes the decision of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to reform the country’s penal code by substituting floggings, as a form of punishment, with prison sentences, fines or both and also abolishing capital punishment for those convicted of crimes committed when they were minors.

The Commission noted that the modifications announced are aimed at improving domestic penal law and practice, upholding the inherent human dignity, and ensuring due process of law within the principles of proportionality. These changes will help KSA strengthen its domestic legislation in line with international human rights obligations while maintaining the Islamic ethos and principles of justice.

These are well-thought-out measures, which are part of the ongoing broader sociocultural and judicial reforms introduced in the KSA under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, that are widely recognized and appreciated at the national, regional and global levels, the Commission added.

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