Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said.
The hanged men were among 120 Jordanians convicted of capital crimes in the last 10 years, according to the sources.
Jordan halted executions in 2006, but a recent rise in violent crime has resulted in calls to reimpose capital punishment.
kingdom has in the past been sensitive to international concerns on
human rights and civil liberties because it relies greatly on Western
Jordan amended its penal code
in 2006 in response to concerns expressed by the U.N. Human Rights
Council over the number of offences punishable by death.
these executions, Jordan loses its standing as a rare progressive voice
on the death penalty in the region,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle
East director at the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch. “Reviving this
inherently cruel form of punishment is another way Jordan is backsliding
on human rights.”
Most of those
executed in Jordan in recent decades have been common criminals, while
al Qaeda-inspired Islamist detainees handed death sentences in
terrorism-related security trials usually saw their convictions commuted
to life imprisonment.