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Singapore, 20 April 2017
The European Union Delegation to Singapore issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland:
The European Union (EU) calls on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Mr Jeffrey Marquez Abineno, to commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence and to adopt a moratorium on all executions.
The EU holds a principled position against the death penalty and is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. The EU will continue in its pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.