Campaigners cautious on Saudi floggings, death penalty reforms

Riyadh (AFP) – Human rights campaigners on Monday cautiously welcomed Saudi moves to abolish court-ordered floggings and end the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, but pointed out “loopholes” in the reforms.The changes underscore a push by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernise the ultra-conservative kingdom, long associated with a fundamentalist strain of Islam.Long faced with scrutiny over its rights record, the kingdom has one of the world’s highest rate of executions.It announced over the weekend it was ending the death penalty for those convicted of crimes…

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