The armed conflict in South Sudan has intensified in recent days, exacerbated by a new military offensive in Unity State. Concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the fighting and the difficulties faced by relief organisations on the ground, HRVP Mogherini and Commissioner Stylianides made the following statement:
"Suriname's recent ratification of a new penal code, which includes abolition of the death penalty, is an important step forward that sends a welcome signal to other countries in the region and beyond.
The European Union has a strong and principled policy on the abolition of the death penalty as it cannot be justified under any circumstances. This stance is rooted in the belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings and the inviolability of the human person.