Reprieve response to Saudi Crown Prince visit
February 27, 2018
Downing Street has officially announced the visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman to the UK next week, starting on 7th March.
Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve said:
“Mohammed bin Salman’s long overdue reforms in Saudi Arabia must not be used to mask the ongoing crackdown on the exercise of fundamental rights. Since his appointment as crown prince, the final death sentences of protesters, including a number who were children at the time, have been confirmed amid serious allegations of torture and an unprecedented number of executions.
“Meanwhile the close relationship Theresa May trumpets has led to British police officers training Saudi agents in the kind of cyber-monitoring techniques which have been used to justify death sentences. The Prime Minister must make clear that no UK assistance can continue until the Crown Prince abolishes the death penalty for protest-related offences and immediately reviews the cases of all those facing imminent execution.”
Notes to Editors:
1. A letter to Theresa May from Tom Brake MP, Ed Miliband MP and Andrew Mitchell MP raising concerns about UK assistance to Saudi Arabia can be read here.
2. For more information and statistics on executions in Saudia Arabia please contact the Reprieve press office on the numbers above.