At least 175 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in the past year after unfair trials lacking basic safeguards, Amnesty International says.
A new report alleges the Gulf kingdom’s “faulty justice system facilitates judicial executions on a mass scale”.
In many cases, it adds, defendants are denied access to a lawyer and in some they are convicted on the basis of “confessions” obtained under torture.
Those killed include juvenile offenders and people with mental disabilities.
Saudi Arabia adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, and applies the death penalty to a number of crimes not considered the “most serious” under international norms. They include drug offences, apostasy, heresy and witchcraft.