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Sunday, 3 January 2016
U.S DoS Press Statement: Saudi Executions
, Bureau of Public Affairs
January 2, 2016
We have seen the Saudi government's announcement that it executed 47 people.
We have previously expressed our concerns about the legal process in Saudi Arabia and have frequently
raised these concerns at high levels of the Saudi Government. We reaffirm our calls on the Government
of Saudi Arabia to respect and protect human rights, and to ensure fair and transparent judicial
proceedings in all cases.
The United States also urges the Government of Saudi Arabia to permit peaceful expression of dissent
and to work together with all community leaders to defuse tensions in the wake of these executions.
We are particularly concerned that the execution of prominent Shia cleric and political activist
Nimr al-Nimr risks exacerbating sectarian tensions at a time when they urgently need to be reduced.
In this context, we reiterate the need for leaders throughout the region to redouble efforts aimed at
de-escalating regional tensions.