Saudi Arabia Beheads 19 in 17 Days

Since August 4, Saudi Arabia has beheaded at least 19 people reports Human Rights Watch. According to local news reports, eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses. Seven were killed for drug smuggling, one for sorcery. “Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for the organization.