EU repeats opposition to Sri Lanka resuming executions
ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union has said it is opposed to Sri Lanka reviving executions of convicts and called on the government to maintain its moratorium on implementing the death penalty.
The EU’s position was conveyed during a meeting with a group of parliamentarians of the United National Party, the major partner in the coalition government.
“During the meeting, the Heads of Missions restated the strong and unequivocal opposition of the EU and its Member States to capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases,” a statement said.
“The HoMs reiterated their call to Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards complete abolition.”
The EU delegation in the island issued the statement in agreement with the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission.
The revival of the death penalty was mooted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is from a different party, and says executions could be a deterrent against drug trafficking.
(COLOMBO, 20 August, 2019)