The President of the Human Rights Commission, Awwad Alawwad, welcomes the royal decree ending the application of the death penalty for individuals convicted of crimes committed while they were minors.
“This is an important day for Saudi Arabia made possible by King Salman and the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman,” Alawwad said. “The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code, and demonstrates the Kingdom’s commitment to following through on key reforms across all sectors of our country as part of Vision 2030, directly supervised by the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.”
Alawwad noted that the announcement comes just days after Saudi Arabia effectively ended the practice of flogging as a criminal punishment.
He said the two decisions reflect how Saudi Arabia is forging ahead in its realization of critical human rights reforms even amid the hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and societal measures adopted to prevent its spread.
The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution. Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility.
“More reforms will be coming,” Alawwad said.
“We are confident that Saudi Arabia will live up to its objectives in creating a better quality of life for all of its citizens and residents as part of the continuous stream of reforms provided by Vision 2030, under the leadership of King Salman and the Crown Prince.”