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Topic: Saudi Arabia Ends Death Penalty for Minors and Floggings
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered an end to the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, according to a statement Sunday by a top official. The decision comes on the heels of another ordering judge to end the practice of flogging, replacing it with jail time, fines or community service and bringing one of the kingdom's most controversial forms of public punishment to a close. King Salman's son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is seen as the force behind the kingdom's loosening of restrictions and its pivot away from ultraconservative interpretations of Islamic law known as Wahhabism, which many in the country still closely adhere to. The crown prince has sought to modernize the country, attract foreign investment and revamp Saudi Arabia's reputation globally. He's also overseen a parallel crackdown on liberals, women's rights activists, writers, moderate clerics and reformers. The 2018 killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey by agents who worked for the crown prince drew sharp criticism internationally. Last year, Saudi Arabia executed a young man convicted of crimes that took place when he was 16 years old. Amnesty International said Abdulkareemal-Hawaj was found guilty of offences related to his participation in protests in Shi'ite-populated areas of Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have long called on the kingdom to abolish the use of the death penalty, particularly for crimes committed by minors. The President of the Saudi government's Human Rights Commission, Awwad Alawwad, confirmed the latest decision in a statement Sunday, saying it helps the kingdom establish "a more modern penal code and demonstrates the kingdom's commitment to following through on key reforms."
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Topic: A Rohingya private teacher and a Rohingya private student urge for internet connection to study at their home maintaining the social distance in the migrant camp.
Translation Summary: Ziaur Rahman said that he is from Soe Parang village tract of Buthidaung and he studied in a government high school of Buthidaung. 20- years old Rahman said that he came to Bangladesh to escape the persecution of Myanmar military government in August 2017, during the influx and live with his 4 relatives in the Kutupalong migrant camp#07. Rahman said that he studies private in the camp with Burmese curriculum wishing to be a doctor in his life. He has studied Biology, Burmese, English and other subjects before the lockdown due to COVID19 pandemic said Rahman. He also said, he could understand the value of education after arriving in the migrant camp in Bangladesh that an educated person gets respect and need not do hard work but the illiterate persons have no respect wherever they go and whatever they do in their lives. So, Rahman said that his private teachers created a WhatsApp group along with him and his friends so that they could study online when there the internet connection in the camp is available. But, Rahman said that there is no internet connection now and the migrant camp is lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak that is why they are deprived from education and their lives are goingin a mess . He added that their private teacher Mr. Habib Ullah is teaching them through giving home works by maintaining the social distance is only for 5-10 minutes but it is not enough for learning. So, Ra