Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death penalty on people who committed crimes while still minors, the country’s Human Rights Commission says. The announcement, citing a royal decree by King Salman, comes days after the country said it would ban flogging
Saudi Arabia executed at least 187 people in 2019, according to official data, the highest since 1995 when 195 people were put to death.
Since January 12 people have been executed.
In a statement published the president of the state-backed commission, said a royal decree had replaced executions in cases where crimes were committed by minors with a maximum penalty of 10 years in a juvenile detention centre.
The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shia community who are on death row. The were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18.