Steve Beasant

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UK Government must speak out on the death penalty

by Steve Beasant on 10 April, 2019

Responding to the publishing of Amnesty International’s annual death penalty report, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:

“The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. As long as our allies far and wide continue to execute people, it shows opposing it is simply not enough.

“The Conservative Government must do more to ensure the countries named by Amnesty International move towards abolishing the death penalty.

“Not only is China the highest on the list, but their poor record of human rights abuses also extends to the treatment of the Uyghur people.
By failing to speak out, the Conservative Government does further damage to our currently diminishing reputation on the world stage.

“It is clear the UK Government has a duty to act. If Conservative Ministers fail to join Liberal Democrats in standing up for fundamental British values, then they are ignoring people who are in most need of our support.”

Notes:

Alistair Carmichael is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

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