To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to reports that Nawaf al-Osaimi is facing imminent execution in Saudi Arabia for a crime committed as a teenager, if he will ask the Government of Saudi Arabia (a) not to execute Nawaf al-Osaimi and (b) to conduct a full investigation into the (i) juvenility of that person at the time of the crime and (ii) compliance of his capital trial with fair trial guarantees.
1 March 2021
The UK strongly opposes the death penalty in all countries and in all circumstances, as a matter of principle. This is especially the case for juveniles. This is in line with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Arab Charter on Human Rights. We reiterated our opposition to the death penalty in Saudi Arabia in a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September.
We regularly raise our concerns about the use of the death penalty, including individual cases with the Saudi Arabian authorities and we will continue to do so. In August, our Chargé d'affaires in Riyadh raised the issue of the death penalty with Minister of State Al Jubeir. I raised the death penalty with Dr Awwad al Awwad, President of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission during his virtual visit in July