European Joint Local Statement on the Case of Noura Hussein
15/05/2018 - 15:44
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland in Sudan:
The Ambassadors of the resident EU, Norway and Switzerland Embassies in Sudan are following with close attention and concern the situation of Noura Hussein, who has been recently sentenced to death for killing her husband after being forced into marriage and allegedly raped.
The Heads of Mission recall their firm opposition to the death penalty, whatever the place and circumstances. They also remain fully committed to the universal abolition of this cruel and inhumane punishment which is a serious violation of Human rights and human dignity. The Heads of Mission call on all States to join a moratorium on the death penalty while working towards its definitive abolition.
Moreover, the Heads of Mission also recall the principle of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating that "marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses."