Saudi Arabia stops death penalty for people who committed crimes as minors

Saudi Arabia is ending the death penalty for people who committed crimes as minors, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced in a declaration.

The decision was part of a royal decree and came two days after an announcement that public floggings would be banned.
Anyone who earned a death sentence after being convicted of crimes they committed as a minor will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility, the statement said. It is unclear when this decision is expected to be enacted.

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