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Egypt: Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on the use of the death penalty in that country.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

It remains a long-standing policy of the United Kingdom to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. The Government of Egypt is well aware of our position on this issue. We continue to raise human rights concerns, including on the death penalty, with the Egyptian authorities, both privately and in forums such as the UN Humans Rights Council. Most recently, on 20 January, we raised human rights with the Egyptian delegation at a senior level in the margins of the UK-Africa Investment Summit. We have also raised our concerns through our contribution to Egypt's Universal Periodic Review in November 2019. The Foreign Secretary recently raised human rights issues with his Egyptian counterpart at the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

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