Kuwait Hangs Seven Convicted Murderers In First Executions Since 2017

Seven people convicted of murder have been executed today in Kuwait, marking the first executions carried out in the country since 2017, despite human rights organisations appealing for clemency.

Kuwait has executed seven people convicted of murder
Kuwait has executed seven people convicted of murder

Kuwait confirmed that the executions took place at the Gulf Arab state's Central Prison, and out of those executed were three Kuwaiti men and one woman, a Pakistani man, a Syrian man, and an Ethiopian woman.

The Public Prosecution said that those convicted of murder should receive the "strongest punishment of execution", and that this would act as a "deterrent" to others.

Today's executions were the first in Kuwait since seven people were also hanged on January 25, 2017 - including one member of the royal Al-Sabah family.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International demanded that the executions be stopped, saying they were a "violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment", the prominent rights group also stated that Kuwait should abolish the death penalty completely.

Amna Guellali, deputy regional director of Amnesty International, said: "Kuwaiti authorities must immediately establish an official moratorium on executions."

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