Abdullah al-Huwaiti

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 8th March 2023.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the case of Abdullah al-Howaiti in the context of (a) the 2018 Juvenile Law, (b) the 2020 Royal Decree and (c) other commitments made by that country to end the execution of child defendants.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office human rights priority country, in part because of the increased use of the death penalty. The FCDO is monitoring the case of Abdullah Al-Howaiti. The Minister responsible for the Middle East, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has raised the case on multiple occasions with the Saudi authorities, most recently in December 2022. We will continue to monitor and raise the case of Abdullah Al-Howaiti with the Saudi authorities.

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