UK minister Burt voices "deep concern" over planned prisoner executions in Gaza

August 14, 2013 17:25

Reacting to statements voicing plans for pubic executions of prisoners in Gaza, British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt on Wednesday expressed deep concern.

A foreign office press release on Wednesday quoted Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt as saying: “I am deeply concerned at reports of plans to publicly execute prisoners in Gaza in the coming days.”“The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. We consider that its use undermines human dignity and that there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value,” Burt said.
“The UK calls again for the implementation in Gaza of the moratorium on the death penalty which is present in the West Bank. We hope that this moratorium will lead to the eventual abolition of the death penalty in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” Burt added.

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