Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has said it will monitor the case of a British father held in Ethiopia, among other cases, amid concerns that the government has lessened its commitment to ending human rights abuses abroad.
This year has seen Saudi Arabia execute 82 people so far, according to new research by the international human rights organisation Reprieve – which suggests the Kingdom is on course to behead twice as many prisoners as last year.
The UK government is providing funding to help train Ethiopian security forces, despite evidence of their involvement in the kidnap and rendition of a British man who is now held under sentence of death.
One of the world’s largest PR and advertising firms is facing questions over the work it has carried out on behalf of the Saudi Government, amid concerns that the Kingdom may be planning to execute more people sentenced to death as children for attending protests.
The United Nations’ expert on torture has condemned the use of the death penalty in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, saying executions are “tantamount to torture”, and barred by international law.