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Local statement on three death sentences issued in Gaza
Jerusalem, 23/05/2017 - 12:52 - UNIQUE ID: 170523_6
The European Union Representative, the EU Heads of Mission and the Head of Mission of Norway in Jerusalem and Ramallah issue the following statement:
"The Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the three death sentences issued in the Gaza Strip on 21st May.
The Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall their opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment. The EU and Norway consider that abolition of the death penalty contributes to the protection 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.
The de facto authorities in Gaza must refrain from carrying out any executions of prisoners and comply with the 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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