Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Saudi Arabian government on the recent execution of 47 people in that country.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

On Saturday 2 January, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, 43 of whom were Sunni, primarily convicted for terrorist offences related to the 2000-03 Al Qaeda campaign in the Kingdom. The UK opposes the death penalty around the world because we believe it undermines human dignity and there is no evidence that it works as a deterrent. We engage regularly with the Saudis on the full range of issues, including human rights. Most recently, both myself and our Ambassador have raised our concerns with the Saudi Arabian authorities about these mass executions and the deterioration in Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Iran.

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