UN Human Rights experts call upon Saudi Arabia to revoke death sentence of Abdullah al-Howaiti
International Justice and Human Rights Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday called upon Saudi Arabia to revoke the death sentence against Abdullah al-Howaiti, which was confirmed on 2 March 2022. If the Court of appeal agrees with the conviction, Abdullah al-Howaiti will be executed.
Abdullah al-Howaiti was arrested based on alleged robbery and murder when he was 14 years old. Although he had an alibi, Abdullah al-Howaiti confessed under coercion through torture. After his initial conviction was overturned by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court, his death sentence was nevertheless confirmed again. 
The allegations of coercion and torture surrounding the confession have not been effectively investigated by the Saudi authorities. The human rights experts denounced his trial for its due process violations and emphasised the State’s obligations of proper investigations and excluding any evidence obtained coercively. The experts also expressed their deep concern for the death sentence and urged Saudi Arabia to end the death penalty for children, which is prohibited under international law.
 Un human rights experts also expressed their concern over this case last year, available here: https://spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/DownLoadPublicCommunicationFile?gId=26054
Sources and further reading:
United Nations Human Rights. (2022, May 31). Saudi Arabia: Release Abdullah al-Howaiti, revoke death sentence. United Nations News. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/05/1119392