Norway has condemned the execution of Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia this week, with the country’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth saying he was shocked by the execution.
According to a press release from the Norwegian Foreign Office, her execution is a violation of Saudi Arabia’s obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to refrain from imposing the death penalty on anyone under the age of 18.
Norway has raised this case with the Saudi Arabian authorities on several occasions, most recently on the day before the execution, and has urged Saudi Arabia to stop the execution and reverse the sentence.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia criticised world reaction to its beheading a Sri Lankan maid convicted of killing her employer’s baby.
Saudi Arabian government spokesman condemned what he called “wrong information on the case,” and denied that the maid was a minor when she committed the crime.
The UN’s human rights body on Friday expressed “deep dismay” at the beheading, and the European Union said it had asked the Saudi authorities to commute the death penalty.