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Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 229119, tabled on 6 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the continued detention and threatened execution of Abbas al-Hassan and eleven other individuals threatened with execution for exercising their rights to freedom of religion.

Answered on

14 March 2019

​We are closely monitoring these cases. We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Saudi Arabian authorities using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels of communication, including our Ambassador. It is a longstanding policy of the British Government to oppose the death penalty, in all circumstances, as a matter of principle.