Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Sri Lankan domestic worker for killing a baby in her care in 2005 in a case that has been widely condemned by rights groups, BBC reports.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have criticised the Saudi authorities for their handling of the case, as have campaigners in Sri Lanka, who argue that there were also serious translation problems at the time she confessed to the crime. They argue that her reported execution breaches the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which Saudi Arabia has ratified. “Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed as children,” said senior HRW women’s rights researcher Nisha Varia, “Rizana Nafeek is yet another victim of the deep flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.” Meanwhile, the BBC’s Charles Haviland in Sri Lanka visited Ms Nafeek’s home village in 2010, where he saw a school register and a birth certificate confirming her date of birth. Our correspondent says that if the documents are genuine, she was a minor when the alleged offence was committed. It also appears that employment agents falsified her age in order for her to get work in Saudi Arabia.]]>


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