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EU wants Bangladesh to abolish capital punishment

  • Published at 07:08 pm October 14th, 2018
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The EU and its member states reiterated their absolute opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and restated their commitment to the worldwide abolition of the death penalty

The European Union (EU) has called on Bangladesh to introduce a moratorium on executions as step towards abolishing capital punishment.

"The death penalty doesn't act as a deterrent to crime, and any error of judgment is impossible to correct," heads of Mission of the EU Member States and the European Union Delegation said in a statement, reports UNB.

On October 10, 19 death sentences were given out, the same day celebrated as the World Day against the Death Penalty, read a statement shared by the EU Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday.

The EU and its member states reiterated their absolute opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and restated their commitment to the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

They said the death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is a cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment.

The signatories to the statement are: Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union Rensje Teerink, Italian Ambassador Mario Palma, Spanish Ambassador D Alvaro de Salas Gimenez de Azcarate, Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter, France Ambassador Marie-Annick Bourdin, Charge d' Affaires at German Embassy Michael Schultheiss, Charge d' Affaires at Royal Danish Embassy Refika Hayta, Charge d' Affaires at Dutch Embassy Jeroen Steeghs and acting British High Commissioner Kanbar Hossein-Bor.