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Source: European Union (EU)
19 July 2012

Jerusalem, 19 July 2012

Local EU statement on Gaza executions

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the execution of 3 persons in Gaza on Tuesday 17 July.

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the EU's firm opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment. The EU considers that abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights. It considers capital punishment to be cruel and inhuman, failing to provide deterrence to criminal behaviour, and representing an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The de facto authorities in Gaza must refrain from carrying out any executions of prisoners and comply with the de facto moratorium on executions put in place by the Palestinian Authority, pending abolition of the death penalty in line with the global trend”.

The Norwegian Representative Office aligns itself with the above statement.

Contact: EU Press Office on +972-2-541 5888

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