Germany FM criticizes execution of Sheikh al-Nimr; calls Saudi death sentences ‘inhumane’

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SHAFAQNA-Germany’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the mass executions conducted in Saudi Arabia. Germany does not allow the death penalty.

“Our position is clear: the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that we reject under all circumstances,” the ministry statement said. “Together with its EU partners, Germany is working to abolish and ban the death penalty worldwide.”

In addition, the German government’s human rights envoy, Christoph Straesser, said on Twitter, “#Stop_deathpenalty – every execution is one too many. Appalled by reports about recent executions in #Saudi.”

The Foreign Ministry statement specifically criticized the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, saying it will exacerbate widespread Sunni-Shiite tensions in the Middle East.

“The execution of Nimr al-Nimr strengthens our existing concerns about the growing tensions and the deepening rifts in the region,” it said.

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