UN Human Rights Council 50 UK statement on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

Thank you, Mr President.

The United Kingdom thanks the Special Rapporteur for his important work, and for his latest report.

The UK reiterates our condemnation of extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary execution. Such acts are in clear violation of international human rights law and have a profound impact both on the families of victims and the wider community. We cannot allow these abhorrent practices to evade scrutiny.

It is essential that all potentially unlawful deaths are investigated in an independent, impartial and effective manner. Without effective investigations, accountability for human rights violations and abuses cannot be secured and the cycle of impunity remains unbroken. The UK Government urges States to comply with their obligations to properly investigate allegations, prosecute those responsible for unlawful deaths, and provide justice to victims and their families.

The UK is committed to working to bring an end to these unlawful practices. Through bilateral and multilateral diplomatic channels we continue to raise concerns and work with like-minded partners to put these practice to an end.

Special Rapporteur,

How can we further encourage and support effective investigations into extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions?

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