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Source: European Union (EU)
21 July 2016





Jerusalem, 21 July 2016


The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn death sentences issued in Gaza

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the three death sentences issued in Gaza on 19th July.

As in their most recent statement on 31st May, 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/2016/20160721_eu_local_statement_on_gaza_death_sentences__en.pdf


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