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Capital Punishment: British Nationals Abroad

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 144886, tabled on 22 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of British nationals who have been convicted of capital offences in foreign territories.

Answered on

30 March 2022

As at March 2022, the FCDO was providing consular assistance to eight British nationals sentenced to death overseas in four foreign territories. Consular Transparency Data for 2022 can be found on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-commonwealth-development-office-consular-data-2022). We do not provide a breakdown of statistics where the number is equal to, or less than, five as this might lead to the identification of an individual. It is a longstanding policy of the UK Government to oppose the death penalty, in all circumstances, as a matter of principle. We work closely with legal teams engaged by British nationals facing the death penalty, and are assisted in this by Reprieve and the Death Penalty Project (DPP), two NGOs that provide legal assistance and advice to those facing the death penalty abroad.