The European Union today urged Sri Lanka to uphold the country’s international commitments.
The EU noted that Sri Lanka is actively moving towards resuming executions, which would bring an end to its 43-year moratorium on the death penalty.
The EU warned that such a move would directly contradict Sri Lanka’s commitment taken at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 to maintain the moratorium.
“The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and a degrading punishment, and the EU unequivocally opposes its use in all circumstances and all cases. 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,” the EU said.
The EU noted that resuming the death penalty would also send a wrong signal to the international community, investors and partners of the country.
The European Union said that 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.
The EU also noted that since the end of the internal conflict, Sri Lanka has achieved major progress to consolidate the basis for a resilient, democratic and inclusive society.