Geneva: The UN`s human rights office has criticised a sharp rise in executions carried out by Saudi Arabia in 2011.
A spokesman for the UN`s High Commissioner for Human Rights says the number of executions jumped from 29 in 2010 to at least 70 last year.
Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the wide range of offenses for which the death penalty is pronounced was particularly troubling.
He says one woman was put to death last month after being found guilty of witchcraft.
Colville says Saudi Arabia`s growing use of the death penalty goes against an international trend for fewer executions.
He says the UN human rights office also criticises the frequent use of "inhuman" double amputation for robbery offenses.