Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said:
Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty 2013, an occasion to highlight the UK’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. There have been positive developments over this past year, particularly at the United Nations last December where more states than ever before voted for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty. However, there were also setbacks, including the resumption of executions in countries that had previously enjoyed lengthy periods without executions. The UK Government remains committed to working towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty and will continue to make the case for abolition internationally, and to support those individuals and groups around the world who are campaigning locally for an end to the death penalty in their country.