Turkey: Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd August 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Gethins Stephen Gethins Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish government counterpart on that country's obligations as a Council of Europe member not to re-introduce the death penalty.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

I visited Turkey on 20-21 July to emphasise our unequivocal condemnation of the attempted coup on 15 July and our support for Turkey’s democratic institutions. During the visit in meetings with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and otheres, I stressed the need for Turkey to respect human rights and the rule of law, and made it clear that the UK was opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.

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