Colombo, June 27 (BAN/ AD): UK foreign officer has released statement saying “We are deeply concerned at reports that Sri Lanka intends to abandon its long-standing moratorium on use of the death penalty. The UK opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle.” On Tuesday the British High Commission said UK is deeply concerned at the possible abandonment of the moratorium on the death penalty in Sri Lanka.
UK has warned that this move by Sri Lanka will harm its international standing and reputation as a tourist destination and growing centre for business. Sri Lanka six months back voted in favour of a global moratorium on the use of the death penalty at the UN General Assembly just six months ago. Now it is changing its stand on capital punishment.
UK Foreign officer added “Implementation of the death penalty will inevitably make it more difficult for the UK to cooperate on law enforcement issues, including on counter terrorism, and will require us to review our technical assistance programs on relevant policing, defence and other security issues.”