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Saudi Arabia: Torture

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any British citizens have been tortured in Saudi Arabia since 1 January 1997; and if she will make a statement. (144119)

The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture and works hard with international partners to eradicate this abhorrent practice. Although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not itself in a position conclusively to confirm or deny allegations of torture in Saudi Arabia, we do raise such allegations with the Saudi authorities. We have raised at least nine allegations of torture with the Saudi authorities since 1997.