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President moves to resume death penalty, EU to monitor implementation of international conventions

Colombo, June 27 (BAN/ AD): As country is moving forward to resume capital punishment EU said it will monitor Sri Lanka’s of the 27 international conventions. Sri lanka will be ending its 43-year moratorium on the death penalty and such a move would directly contradict Sri Lanka’s commitment taken at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 to maintain the moratorium.

The EU statement said “The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and a degrading punishment, and the EU unequivocally opposes its use in all circumstances and all cases. While the Sri Lankan authorities have cited the need to address drug-related offences, studies show that the death penalty fails to act as a deterrent to crime.”

The EU has warned resuming the death penalty would damage Sri Lanka’s image in international community, which would hamper investors and partners of the country.

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