European Union External Action

Statement on an execution carried out in Thailand

Bruxelles, 19/06/2018 - 11:58, UNIQUE ID: 180619_5
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on an execution carried out in Thailand

On 18 June 2018, Mr Theerasak Longji was executed by lethal injection in Thailand.

The country would, next year, have marked a decade since the last execution and therefore joined the list of countries with a de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty. This is what the European Union expected, given its discussions with the Thai authorities. Against this background, Mr Theerasak's execution represents a clear step backwards.

The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and aims at its universal abolition. The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The European Union calls on the Government of Thailand to refrain from any future executions, and work towards a moratorium and the eventual abolishing of the death penalty.