Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Death penalty: EU, UK, European countries reiterate opposition

Colombo, July 18 (BAN/ AD): EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) has issued a statement that it received a visit by a group of United National Party parliamentarians today to discuss the death penalty. EU delegation in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission on Thursday reiterated its strong opposition to implementing death penalty in Sri Lanka.

The HoMs restated the “strong and unequivocal opposition” of the EU and its Member States to capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases. The HoMs reiterated their call to Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards complete abolition.

Regardless of International opposition President Sirisena has said he will not bow to pressure and will not reverse his decision to implement the death penalty after a 43-year moratorium. A private motion has been tabled by the United National Party to abolish the death penalty.

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