16th September 2019
On 12th September 2019, Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells addressed an event at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, hosted by the Death Penalty Project. The event concerned the illegal and excessive use of capital punishment by the Saudi government, following Baroness Helena Kennedy QC’s July 2019 report into recent executions in Saudi Arabia. The report identified systematic and widespread human rights abuses by the Saudi regime in imposing the death penalty on human rights defenders, protestors, critics of the government, and children, following grossly unfair investigative and trial processes.
In his address, Rodney set the recent executions in context, highlighting the mass arrests of government critics and human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia since 2017. Juliet discussed human rights violations committed by the Saudi regime in administering the death penalty in a cruel and inhumane manner, and in withholding the remains of victims from their families, and explored the legal remedies available to the families.
Other speakers at the event included Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Saul Lehrfreund (Co-Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project), and Baroness Janet Whitaker. The press release for the event can be viewed below.