Kuwait hangs seven people in first executions since 2017

Kuwait has put seven people to death in a mass execution, the state-run KUNA news agency confirmed, making it the first execution since 2017 despite appeals from human rights organisations for clemency.

The inmates who were hanged on Wednesday were four Kuwaitis, a Pakistani, a Syrian and an Ethiopian. Two of the seven were women.

It was the first execution since January 25, 2017, when seven people were also hanged, including one member of the royal Al-Sabah family, which has ruled the country for two and a half centuries.

Prominent rights organisation Amnesty International called on Tuesday for the executions to be halted, saying they were a “violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment” and that Kuwait should abolish the death penalty “entirely”.

The death penalty is widespread in the Gulf region, particularly in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Credit: Aljazeera.com


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