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FCO concerned at hanging of prisoners in Kuwait

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Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds encourages Kuwait to impose a moratorium on the death penalty.

Commenting on reports that three men were hanged in Kuwait, Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds said:

I am deeply concerned at the hanging of three prisoners in Kuwait, the first executions in the country since 2007. The UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle. We encourage the Kuwaiti authorities to follow the current trend in international practice and impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. We also urge Kuwait to consider acceding to the 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is aimed at the abolition of the death penalty.

Further Information

Read about how the UK government is working to persuade other countries to abolish the death penalty

Find out more about the 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights at the UN website