European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on recent executions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Over the last few days, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a number of persons convicted for drug trafficking offenses. These latest executions bring the number of people put to death since January 2015 to over 150. This figure already surpasses the total of executions recorded in a single year in the Kingdom since 1995.

The European Union is opposed to capital punishment in all cases and without exception, and will continue to consistently call for restricting its scope to the most serious crimes, in line with United Nations minimum standards, and ultimately for its universal abolition."

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