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Apr 11, 2013

UK's Foreign Minister Welcomes Amnesty's Move to Abolish Death Penalty

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UK's Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Sayeeda Hussain Warsi welcomed Amnesty’s work to promote abolition of the death penalty. He opined that death penalty undermines human dignity, and that mistakes made in its application lead to irreparable miscarriages of justice.

“The UK was disappointed at the resumption of executions during 2012 in some countries, such as India, Pakistan and Gambia, which had not executed in many years. Japan also resumed executions in 2012, after it had carried out none for 20 months.”

He asked to remain opposed to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and said UK is pleased that the report identifies positive developments around the world.