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Maintain moratorium

Sections of the international community (IC) have expressed their opposition to the implementation of the death penalty in Sri Lanka.

the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka, the Missions of the EU member States in Sri Lanka, and the Diplomatic Missions of the Governments of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka have made it known, in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, that they strongly and unequivocally oppose the capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases.

Issuing a joint statement, in agreement with the EU Heads of Missions,......the High Commissioner of Canada, the Ambassador of Norway resident in Colombo, and also the British High Commission, the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Romania, have written to President Sirisena to verify the worrying information, in the public domain, about the intention of the Sri Lankan Government to resume implementing the death penalty after a moratorium of more than 40 years.

“The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity, does not have any proven deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become fatal and irreversible,” they pointed out in the letter.

The Diplomatic Missions have requested the President to maintain the moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and to uphold Sri Lanka’s tradition of opposition to capital punishment.

(Ceylon Today)

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