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South Sudan: Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the South Sudanese Government on halting the death sentences of people detained under the age of 18.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We regularly raise our concerns about the use of the death penalty in South Sudan at senior levels, and will continue to do so. The UK has made consistently clear to the Government of South Sudan its opposition to the death penalty, in all circumstances. We monitor events in South Sudan closely and continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to deliver on its international and domestic commitments. We urge the new cabinet to act with unity to fulfil its commitments on transitional justice and human rights under the revitalised peace agreement.

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