Saudi Arabia urged to restrict use of death penalty

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Authorities in Saudi Arabia have been urged to restrict the use of the death penalty.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says it's alarmed by the increase in death penalty sentences in 2011.

According to human rights watchdog organizations there were 27 executions in 2010 which rose to over 70 last year.

OHCHR is also calling for an end to the cutting-off of the hands and feet of people convicted of crimes.

Rupert Colville is the spokesman for the office in Geneva.

"We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to respect international standards guaranteeing due process and protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, to progressively restrict the use of the death penalty and to reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed. We are also gravely concerned at the sentence of "cross amputation" handed down to six men convicted on charges of highway robbery. The Supreme Court upheld the sentences, which will involve amputation of the men’s right hands and left feet."
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