Bachelet urged Saudi Arabia to review its counterterrorism legislation, ban the death penalty for minors and halt pending executions [Carlos Jasso/Reuters]

The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia’s mass executions of 37 men “shocking” and “abhorrent”, joining a growing chorus of condemnation by rights groups and activists. 

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said on Tuesday it beheaded dozens of its citizens over terrorism-related crimes, publicly pinning two of the bodies to a pole as a warning to others.

“I strongly condemn these shocking mass executions across six cities in Saudi Arabia yesterday,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement. 

“It is particularly abhorrent that at least three of those killed were minors at the time of their

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