Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has abolished flogging as a punishment.
This is the latest in a series of a number of human rights advances made by the king and his son.
In replacement of floggings, courts will enforce fines, jail sentences as well as non-custodial alternatives such as community service.
The Supreme Court stated that this reform was to “bring the kingdom into line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment”.
The death penalty is still in place however.
The conservative Islamic kingdom’s use of destroying dissent has shown no signs of let-up.