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Commonwealth: Capital Punishment

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 72376, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will hold discussions with her counterparts in Commonwealth countries on ending the death penalty for (a) minors and (b) people who are mentally incapacitated.

Answered on

19 November 2021

It is the longstanding policy of the UK Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, especially in cases that do not meet the minimum standards defined by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We regularly engage with governments, including in Commonwealth countries, on human rights and the death penalty.