Beheading Happens Twice Everyday – Report Reveals

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By Athena Yenko | August 27, 2014 9:54 AM EST

A total of 22 people were beheaded from Aug. 4-22, 2014 and another that is scheduled on Aug. 25.

"That people are tortured into confessing to crimes, convicted in shameful trials without adequate legal support and then executed is a sickening indictment of the Kingdom's state-sanctioned brutality", Boumedouha said, a Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme, said in a statement.

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah June 27, 2014.

The advocate group said that people were beheaded because of petty crimes. Hence, it condemns the beheading as a form of punishment as it violates the right to life, inhuman and degrading.

Last Aug. 18, two sets of brothers were beheaded after being beaten and deprived of sleep for them to confess their crimes. Their families were told not to contact any human rights organizations. Lawyers for the brothers told Amnesty that authorities prefer to shut the families up rather than stop its grotesque execution. Last Aug. 25, a man was charged of drug-trafficking and became the 23rd person beheaded in this month of August.

The death penalty in Saudi Arabia does not follow legal parameters to the extent that it is almost hard to believe, Amnesty International said. In 2013, they also beheaded three teenagers under the age of 18. Those who have mental disabilities are not excluded from death penalty.

As most death penalty constitutes beheading, executions are done in public. In some cases, severed head and bodies were left to decompose in public squares to warn others from committing crimes.

Even foreign nationals are not excuse from death penalty. In fact 50 percent of the 2,000 people executed from 1985 to 2013 were foreign nationals.

The Australian Government advised Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Saudi Arabia as Saudi authorities detain and prosecute people at the mere suspicion of being terrorists.

Also, Saudi roads were extremely dangerous as death tolls at an average of 19 people every day. The country has the highest road accidents in the world. Piracy is also rampant in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

"We strongly advise Australians to maintain a high level of vigilance and to exercise extreme caution when anywhere near these waters", the government said in a statement.

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah June 27, 2014.
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