The European Union (EU) has welcomed the statement made in Parliament by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe that the Sri Lankan Government will be voting in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty.
In a press release that coincides with International Day against the Death Penalty (October 10), the EU has affirmed the need to abolish the death penalty, owing (among other things) to the lack of any connection between the penalty and crime-prevalence throughout the world and the fact that when implemented, it is almost always irreversible.
The release also highlights that there is no evidence that the Death Penalty deters crime and further, mistaken identity and wrongful convictions will lead the issue for tragedies. EU also says that at least 22 countries around the world carried out executions and at least 2,466 people were sentenced to death and that is also an increase of 28 percent. Highlighting the fact that 101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes, they request to raise the world’s voice heard for Sri Lanka to be part of the solution, but not part of the problem.
The statement finally has called for action from individuals, urging them to tweet #NoDeathPenalty as a sign of solidarity with the movement against the penalty.