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Bangladesh

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Baroness Warsi made any comments on the execution of Abdul Quader Molla during her recent visit to Bangladesh, or on the manner in which the elections there are being conducted; and if so, whether they will place a copy of those comments in the Library of the House.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

In my meeting with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 12 December I expressed my concern at the imminent execution and restated our opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. At the subsequent press conference, I reiterated our absolute opposition to the death penalty in all countries and in all circumstances.

I called on the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Speaker, Leader of the Opposition and Chief Election Commissioner. I urged all parties to resolve their differences and find a sustainable way forward through constructive dialogue. A copy of my Press Statement will be placed in the Library of the House.

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