Canada is deeply concerned by reports that Sri Lanka is considering a reversal of its long-standing moratorium on the death penalty.
The Canadian High Commission in Colombo said that Canada strongly and unequivocally oppose the use of the death penalty in all cases.
“This form of punishment is incompatible with human dignity and can lead to irreversible miscarriages of justice. No justice system is immune from error,” the High Commission said.
Canada noted that while action to counter the illicit drug trade is important and necessary, there is no evidence that the death penalty is an effective deterrent.
Further, the Canadian High Commission in Colombo said that the resumption of executions could attract global attention and would do little to rebuild Sri Lanka’s image as a peaceful and welcoming destination for travellers and investment.
Canada said that it joins many Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka around the world in urging the Government to maintain the moratorium on the death penalty. (Colombo Gazette)