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European Union (EU)
5 September 2013
Jerusalem, 5 September 2013
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the death sentence
issued in Gaza on 27 August
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the death sentence issued by a Gaza Military Court on 27 August.
As in their most recent statement on 13 August, 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.
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