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European Union (EU)
15 June 2013
Jerusalem, 15 June 2013
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn death sentences
issued in Gaza
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the death sentences issued in Gaza over the past weeks. The de facto authorities in Gaza should 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 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, that it fails to provide deterrence to criminal behaviour, and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.
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