Britain left the death penalty behind in 1965. We are joined by 106 countries worldwide who recognise that state execution is cruel, inhuman and degrading – of the executed and the executioner. It feels strange to even contemplate enumerating the reasons why the death penalty is wrong in a UK newspaper; the abolitionists won the argument long ago and the majority of the British public agree. Like torture, this is an issue no civilised nation should compromise on. But yesterday, home secretary Sajid Javid took a step back to the dark ages, abandoning the UK's longstanding policy of denying extradition requests or intelligence sharing where they could be used to facilitate an execution. Human rights attacks around the world Show all 10 The announcement came in a leaked letter to US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, declaring that the UK did not require diplomatic assurances that two alleged Isis fighters would not be executed, before sharing intelligence with the US to help secure their prosecution. The stakes could not be higher. If sent to the US without adequate assurances, the two suspects face being sent to Guantanamo Bay, and if successfully prosecuted they may be put to death. There is no… Read full this story
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