Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Saudi Arabia executed 37 people on charges related to terrorism, espionage and political protest, the largest mass execution in Saudi Arabia since 2016:
“I’m deeply troubled by the Saudi government’s mass execution of 37 prisoners, including 33 members of the kingdom’s Shiite minority. The United States can’t keep ignoring Saudi Arabia’s increasing number of human-rights violations.
“The Specialized Criminal Court convicted 25 of the individuals executed in two mass trials. Human Rights Watch has reported that many of the confessions in those two cases were obtained using torture and the prisoners later recanted. Human rights groups have also said that three of the people executed were still minors at the time of their alleged crimes.
“I’ve previously called for the United States to reconsider our relationship with Saudi Arabia. I’ve spoken out against the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, the kingdom’s harsh oppression of women’s rights activists and the numerous human rights violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen civil war.
“These latest reports reinforce my concerns. We can’t look way from Saudi Arabia’s increased use of executions, particularly when so many questions surround the validity of the trials.”