Saudi Arabia has been accused of using the World Cup as a distraction after it beheaded 12 people over the last 14 days despite a pledge to not use the death penalty.
The spate of executions were punishments for drugs offences, though the country implemented a moratorium on the use of the death penalty for non-violent crimes in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Saudi leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, attended Sunday’s World Cup opening ceremony, sitting next to Fifa boss Gianni Infantino.
Saudi Arabia’s leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks as he receives the Saudi soccer team ahead of their participation in the World Cup in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 23, 2022
Human Rights charity Reprieve highlighted the case of a taxi driver facing imminent execution in a Saudi prison, whose sister last year asked former England star Alan Shearer for help.
Zeinab Abo al-Kheir wrote to the TV pundit after he said he wanted to ‘listen to the evidence about human rights…