Saudi Arabia is seeking eight capital punishment executioners, according to an official online job advertisement.
The job requirements as advertised on the website of the Ministry of Civil Service are limited with the only role description being: “religious functions,” “implementation of the rule of murder by Islamic law after the issuance of the Islamic ruling,” and “functions of the perpetrators of retribution […] as required by the legal judgement.”
The country is among the world’s top executioners, with dozens being put to death annually, often by public beheading, according to a March 2015 report by Amnesty International.
Amnesty International warns that up to 44 executions were conducted in Saudi Arabia this year, reportedly four times the number of people executed in the Gulf Kingdom during the same period last year.
“This unprecedented spike in executions constitutes a chilling race to the bottom for a country that is already among the most prolific executioners on the planet,” Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, wrote in the recent report.