UN Orders Saudi Arabia To Stop Abusing Its Children

10/13/2016 3:57:53 PM
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The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that permit the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.

According to a report by the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child, children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed in the Kingdom. The UN asserts that this is in direct violation of a UN treaty, signed by the nation in order to protect the rights of citizens under the age of 18.

The committee’s experts voiced concerns that “violations of young girls' right to equality should not be justified using traditional, religious or cultural attitudes. Children from the minority Shi'ite community and other religious minorities are continually discriminated against in their access to schools and justice in the Sunni-ruled kingdom”. They had found that amongst the 47 who had been executed on 2nd January for security offences, four were under eighteen.

In response, the Saudi Human Rights Commission argued that Islamic Sharia Law was above all laws and treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, the chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, does continue to insist, however, that Saudi Arabia has the political intention of protecting its children.

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