Visits

Visits

Wherever possible members of the Group have tried to engage governments in countries retaining the death penalty in a dialogue about alternative approaches. Since 2011 that activity has been supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Open Society Fund. The Group has had a programme of up to four such visits a year and includes Malaysia where executions are still taking place to Suriname where no judicial executions have taken place since 1982 and the government is in the process of abolishing the death penalty in law.

 

04 March 2016
Lord Purvis represented the APPG in Taiwan in March 2016 to open a week of activity on human rights, focussing on the death penalty but also covering victim support and prison reform. The...
17 February 2016
Montana has carried out three executions since 1976, the last of which was in 2006. In 2015, a bill to repeal the death penalty failed on a tie vote in the House of Representatives and so ...
15 February 2016
South Dakota retains the death penalty with the two most recent executions carried out in 2012. The Sodium Thiopental used in lethal injections has been hard to get hold of since the EU ban and for...
23 November 2015
Guyana has had a long standing de facto moratorium on the death penalty (since 1997). In November 2015 it hosted a Caribbean Event in Georgetown to promote the abolition of the death penalty....
17 November 2015
In November Lord Purvis visited Malaysia to participate in a roundtable within the Malaysian parliament to address the issue of mandatory death sentences. The roundtable was organised by...
01 August 2015
Thailand is currently governed by a military junta  - The National Council for Peace and Order, although elections are scheduled for 2017. There have been no executions in Thailand since...
17 February 2015
In Uganda Lord Dholakia held meetings with representatives of the UK High Commission, the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, and the Uganda Law...