EU again reads riot act to Sri Lanka over attempts to re-impose capital punishment
COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - EU Heads of Mission restates strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and cases.
The EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) yesterday reiterated their opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases during a meeting with a group of United National Party parliamentarians.
Issuing a press release the HoMs said it, ‘received a visit by a group of United National Party parliamentarians today to discuss the death penalty.
During the meeting, the HoMs restated the strong and unequivocal opposition of the EU and its Member States to capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases.
The HoMs reiterated their call to Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards complete abolition.’
Last Sunday President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would declare a national day of mourning if the UNP moved a motion in Parliament to repeal the death penalty. However UNP MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda, last Friday (12), tabled a private member’s motion seeking abolition of the death penalty. The motion was presented after suspending Parliament Standing Orders 52 and 53 through another motion moved by Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.
Sirisena’s efforts to hang those who are continuing to carry on the drug trade, from inside prisons while on death row for such offences have run into stiff resistance from politicians and human rights activists. There are a number of court cases against his decision and even Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he is opposed to the death penalty.