Jan 10, London: The British government today joined the European Union and human rights organizations worldwide to condemn the beheading of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek by Saudi Arabian authorities Wednesday.
Commenting on the execution of Rizana Nafeek Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt condemned the execution despite the many appeals for her sentence to be commuted.
"I condemn the execution of Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia yesterday, despite the many appeals for her sentence to be commuted," Burt said in a statement today.
The statement said the UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed.
The Foreign Office Minister denounced the practice of beheading as "cruel and inhuman".
"The beheading of Ms. Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17 at the time the crime was committed. We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman," he said.
"We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty," the Minister stressed.
Sri Lanka, shocked and grieved by the cruel punishment on the juvenile housemaid who sought employment in the Kingdom to alleviate the utter poverty of her family, deplored the execution and recalled their Ambassador in Riyadh today as a show of dissent.