April 27, 2020

Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment for crime.


  • This reform was made in order to “bring the kingdom into line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment”.

  • Previously, the courts could order the flogging of convicts found guilty of offences ranging from extramarital sex and breach of the peace to murder.

  • Now, judges will have to choose between fines and/or jail sentences, or non-custodial alternatives like community service.