The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children, the Independent reports.
Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Saudi Arabia, and is based on Shari'ah (or Islamic law).
Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, "after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial", according to the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The committee's 18 independent experts analysed the kingdom's compliance record with a UN treaty protecting the rights of citizens under the age of 18.
Experts voiced concern that the Saudi government "still does not recognise girls as full subjects of rights and continues to severely discriminate (against) them in law and practice and to impose on them a system of male guardianship".
The committee said violations of young girls' right to equality should not justified using traditional, religious or cultural attitudes.
Children from the minority Shi'ite community and other religious minorities are continually discriminated against in their access to schools and justice in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, they said.
According to the UN committee, out of 47 people executed on 2 January for security offences, four were under 18.
DON'T MISS A POST - FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!
Comments at Speisa are unmoderated. We do believe in free speech, but posts using foul language, as well as abusive, hateful, libelous and genocidal posts, will be deleted if seen. However, if a comment remains on the site, it in no way constitutes an endorsement by Speisa of the sentiments contained therein.comments powered by Disqus
Denmark: Immigrant inbreeding costing millions
When cousins have children together, they are twice as likely to have a disabled child, which is expensive for the municipals, a report says.