EU says planned execution will contradict commitment at UN

Published June 28, 2019, 2:31 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

COLOMBO — The European Union says Sri Lanka’s move to resume executions would directly contradict the country’s commitment to maintain a 43-year moratorium on death penalty at the UN General Assembly last year.

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China. (How Hwee Young / Pool Photo via AP, File / MANILA BULLETIN)
In this May 15, 2019, file photo, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China. (How Hwee Young / Pool Photo via AP, File / MANILA BULLETIN)

In statement, the EU says Sri Lanka’s planned executions will send the wrong signals to the international community and investors and that the EU will monitor Sri Lanka’s commitments to international conventions upon which a preferential trade scheme with the country hinges.

Sri Lanka has a lucrative market access to the EU through the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus.

President Maithripala Sirisena said this week he had signed the death warrants for four drug convicts and they would be executed soon.

Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976.

 
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