EU, Canada, Norway expresses concerns over possible implementation of death penalty in Sri Lanka
Posted on July 19th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Colombo, July 16 ( – The European Union, Canada and Norway, on Monday expressed concerns over the Sri Lankan government’s intention to resume implementing the death penalty after more than 40 years, a statement from the EU mission in Colombo said.

The Delegation of the European Union, the missions of the EU Member States in Sri Lanka as well as the diplomatic missions of the governments of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka have written to President Maithripala 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 statement said.

The statement added that the mentioned diplomatic missions have made known in their letter that they strongly and unequivocally oppose capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases.

The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity, does not have any proven deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become fatal and irreversible,” the EU statement said.

The diplomatic missions have also 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.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers , last week, agreed to re-implement the death penalty on drug traffickers including those who are already facing the death sentence in prisons.

The government said the cabinet of ministers had taken a collective decision to impose the death sentence considering the recent rise in drug related murders and a large amount of drug imports planned by drug traffickers who were already in prison custody.

Following cabinet approval, President Sirisena had instructed Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale to prepare the draft bill to implement the death sentence.

Although capital punishment is a legal penalty in Sri Lanka, there have been no executions carried out since 1976.

2 Responses to “EU, Canada, Norway expresses concerns over possible implementation of death penalty in Sri Lanka”

  1. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    Despite all the rhetoric by the litanists condemning the death penalty and opposing capital punishment there seems to be a felt need to implement it in Sri Lanka today. The authorities preparing to implement it needs all the support rather than a negative response given the high crimes and misdemeanours prevailing in the country and increasing by the day especially relative to drug trafficers, rapists and pre – meditated murderers where the noose must be tightened not loosened for arbitary reasons presented by it opponents.The countries with strict and stringent capital punishment around the world are safer places than those where hard core drugs, gun violence, rape and brutal murders are rampant as the perpetrators are aware that they will get away with there crimes, so the President of Sri Lanka is on the right track in his legislation to re-implement the death penalty.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    Is there any surprise?

    EU, Canada and Norway were the biggest financiers of the LTTE and allowed its narcotics networks in Asia to thrive. They were operated from Canada and the EU.

    I will be utterly surprised if anything good came from the EU, Canada and Norway.

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