Saudi Arabia

House of Lords written question – answered at on 19 July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ahmed Lord Ahmed Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Saudi Arabia regarding the beheading of the Indonesian maid, Ruyati binti Sapubi.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Our ambassador to Saudi Arabia raised this case with the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission on 3 July, making clear our opposition to the use of the death penalty. The Human Rights Commission took note of our concerns and the president explained the process involved.

We continue to raise human rights issues, including the death penalty, with Saudi Arabia, and the serious concerns we have in this regard. It is the longstanding policy of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle because we consider that its use undermines human dignity, that there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and that any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.

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