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Human Rights Minister marks World Day Against the Death Penalty 2017

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon reiterates the UK's opposition to the death penalty.


Human Rights Minister Lord Ahmad said:

On World Day Against the Death Penalty, we reaffirm the UK’s strong opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances.

It is over 50 years since the UK government abolished the death penalty. We believe its use undermines human dignity, that there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and that any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreparable.

More than 140 members of the United Nations have renounced capital punishment in law or practice. The death penalty is steadily becoming the exception rather than the norm.

We urge all states that retain the death penalty to move towards abolition. We will continue to work through our diplomatic network and with international experts to support those striving for reform of the death penalty and to make the case to those only at the beginning of that journey.

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Lord Ahmad’s message

Published 10 October 2017
Last updated 10 October 2017 + show all updates
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