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Source: European Union (EU)
24 March 2014



Jerusalem, 24 March 2014

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the death sentences issued in Gaza
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the two death sentences issued by the de facto authorities in Khan Younis (Gaza Strip) on 20 March.

As in their most recent statement on 18 February 2014, 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.

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.

Contact:

EU Press Office on +972-2-541 5888

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/documents/news/2014/20140324_eu_local_statement_death_penalty_gaza_en.pdf


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