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October 10 is the World Day against the Death Penalty. On that same day, nineteen death sentences were issued in Bangladesh.
The European Union and its Member States reiterate their absolute opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and restate their commitment to the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Furthermore, the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to crime and any error of judgement is impossible to correct.
The European Union calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to introduce a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of capital punishment.
Heads of Mission:
H.E. Mrs. Rensje Teerink, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union
H.E. Mr. Mario Palma, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Italy
H.E. Mr. D. Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, Ambassador, Embassy of Spain
H.E. Mrs. Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden
H.E. Mrs. Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of France
Mr. Michael Schultheiss, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ms. Refika Hayta, Chargé d'Affaires, Royal Danish Embassy
Mr. Jeroen Steeghs, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Mr. Kanbar Hossein-Bor, Acting High Commissioner, British High Commission