The Secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council, Kazem Gharibaba

Referring to the executions of 81 people in Saudi Arabia, the secretary of Iran's human rights headquarters said that Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for recent executions and for what crimes these people have been sentenced to death.

Iran PressIran News: The Saudi Interior Ministry executed 81 people on Saturday.

Forty-one of those executed were from the kingdom's Shiite-majority and oil-rich region of Qatif. They had previously been arrested and imprisoned by the Saudi government under various pretexts.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Deputy Head of the Iranian Judiciary and Secretary of the county's High Council for Human Rights, said: "Saudi action is a wake-up call and should be condemned by other countries."

Gharibabadi said, Saudi Arabia claims that the executions were carried out by its criminal law, but there is a suspicion that these trials were politically motivated and that they were political and religious prisoners that should be investigated.

Gharibabadi called the double standard policy of the human rights organizations very destructive.

Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah has also condemned the act, saying it brings to the fore the true face of the Saudi regime, which practices the ugliest forms of sectarian discrimination.

"This regime wears the dress of Islam, but is actually at the service of the Israel project. All the treason which was committed by the Arab states of the Persian Gulf would not have been possible without the endorsement of Saudi Arabia," Hezbollah said in a statement on Sunday, a day after the Saudi regime executed as many as 81 prisoners; over "terror-related offenses."

In recent memory, the largest mass execution carried out by the highly-conservative Arab kingdom unleashed a strong wave of condemnation from an array of Islamic and Saudi opposition groups, which said most of those executed had been jailed only for exercising their right to free expression of opinion.

Hezbollah said the ruling Al- Saud regime had committed a heinous crime against the oppressed people of the Arab Peninsula.

"This is an additional crime in the criminal record of the Saudi regime, which has always committed killings and bloodshed." This criminal record extends from Yemen to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and all Arab and Muslim countries, Hezbollah said.

The resistance movement called on all religious figures, clerics, and international organizations to denounce the "terrorist regime."

The 2022 executions exceeded the total number of Saudi Arabia's punishments by death throughout last year.

The kingdom's last mass execution occurred in early January 2016, when Saudi authorities executed 47 people, including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who had vociferously called for democracy in the kingdom and advocated anti-regime protests. Nimr had been arrested in Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed more than 900 prisoners at an increasing rate. In 2019 alone, Saudi Arabia set a record number of executions after authorities executed 184 people, despite a general decrease in the number of executions around the world.

In April 2020, Reprieve, a UK-based non-profit organization, said Saudi Arabia had carried out its 800th execution. The report added that executions had almost doubled in only five years compared to the 423 executions conducted in Saudi Arabia from 2009 through 2014.

Eastern Province, largely populated by the Shia minority, has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region. The protests have met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime.

Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.


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