Sunday, 9th May 2021

Death Penalty: France, Norway express concern

Colombo, June 29 (BAN/ AD): Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision reintroduce death penalty has been criticized world wide and now France and Norway have expressed deep concern. Many countries including the UK and Europe Union have cautioned and now France and Norway have also opposed this decision.

French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said “France is deeply concerned at this announcement and urges the Sri Lankan authorities to maintain the moratorium on the death penalty.”

It also added “A resumption of executions would be inconsistent with the recent commitments made by Sri Lanka, which voted in support of the resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty during the most recent UN General Assembly session just six months ago, with the justice minister taking part in the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty in Brussels in February.

Norway has said in December 2018, Sri Lanka was one of 120 countries that voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, and now this decision has brought serious concern.

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