Reviving executions will send wrong signal to investors, EU tells Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union has joined other countries like Canada to oppose Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s revival of the death penalty, saying it will send wrong signals to investors and violate commitments to the United Nations.
“The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and a degrading punishment, and the EU unequivocally opposes its use in all circumstances and all cases,” an EU spokesperson said.
While the Sri Lankan authorities have cited the need to address drug-related offences, studies show that the death penalty fails to act as a deterrent to crime, she said in a statement.
“Resuming the death penalty would also send a wrong signal to the international community, investors and partners of the country,” she said.
The European Union said it will continue to monitor Sri Lanka’s effective implementation of the 27 international conventions relating to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) commitment, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Sri Lankan exporters get duty free access to the EU under the GSP+ program.
The EU spokesperson also said Sri Lanka’s move to resuming executions, ending its 43-year moratorium on the death penalty, would “directly contradict Sri Lanka’s commitment taken at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 to maintain the moratorium.”
Since the end of the internal conflict, Sri Lanka has achieved major progress to consolidate the basis for a resilient, democratic and inclusive society, she said.
“The European Union, as a partner and friend of Sri Lanka, expects the authorities to make every effort to preserve these achievements, and to uphold the country’s international commitments.”
(COLOMBO, 27 June, 2019)