The government’s response to COVID-19 raised human rights concerns, including in relation to excessive use of force by police, the right to peaceful assembly and the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers. Human rights defenders continued to face harassment and prosecutions. Following the murder of Samuel Paty, the government introduced counter-terror measures that violated human rights. Thousands of people continued to be prosecuted for the vague offence of contempt of public officials. Racist comments by law-enforcement officials were reported. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates continued. There remained no measures to monitor compliance with corporate accountability legislation. The government’s response to tackling climate change was inadequate.
Death penalty status
Abolitionist for all crimes
Does not use the death penalty
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