Abdulkareem al-Hawaj

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the case of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of reports of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj's death sentence being upheld. We continue to raise our opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country, including Saudi Arabia, especially for crimes other than the most serious and for juveniles, in line with the minimum standards set out in the EU Guidelines on the Death Penalty of 2008 and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

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