Mark calls on UK to encourage Commonwealth countries to abolish death penalty

21st September 2016

Mark questions Foreign Office on efforts to ensure more Commonwealth countries abolish the death penalty.

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure more members of the Commonwealth abolish the death penalty.

Alok Sharma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and the Pacific): The Government supports a global moratorium on use of the death penalty as a step towards eventual abolition. Since 2010 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has funded a number of projects promoting reform of the death penalty in individual Commonwealth countries. We also continue to engage diplomatically and urge Commonwealth countries to support the United Nation’s resolution on a global moratorium on the death penalty later this year.

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