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European Union is against the death penalty

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 8, 2019 19:05

European Union is against the death penalty

The European Union says that although initiatives should be taken on the control of drugs, it is not appropriate to implementing the death penalty. This has been mentioned in a joint statement issued by the European Union with the consent of several Embassies.

This consensus has been expressed by Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and Cananda. Combatting the proliferation of drugs is a serious challenge for countries around the world. Action to counter the illicit drug trade is important and necessary. However, the Joint statement said that the evidence does not support the argument that the death penalty is an effective deterrent. It said, that they are ready to share their experiences in addressing the threat posed by drugs.

It mentioned that more than two thirds of countries around the world with a variety of legal systems, traditions, cultures and religious backgrounds, have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it. The death penalty is an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. It is the opinion of the European Union that the death penalty is a punishment that does not recognize the human dignity.

It calls on the Sri Lankan Government to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty in line with its vote at the 73 United Nations General Assembly in December 2018.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 8, 2019 19:05