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EU ADVOCATES FOR THE ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN NIGERIA

June 25, 2013: the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, condemned the execution of four prisoners yesterday in Nigeria, describing it as the “most regrettable setback to Nigeria’s human rights record.”
“I deeply regret the execution of four prisoners yesterday in Edo State, Nigeria,” Ms. Ashton said.
“This represents a break of a 7-year moratorium on the death penalty and is a most regrettable setback to Nigeria’s human rights record. It goes against the commitment repeatedly made by the Nigerian authorities, most recently at the EU-Nigeria human rights dialogue held in Abuja in March and at the annual Ministerial meeting in Brussels in May 2013, to maintain the de facto moratorium on executions.”
Though the envoy said she recognised the serious nature of the crimes involved, and sympathised with the families and friends of the victims, she said the executions can never be justified and reiterated EU’s long-standing opposition to the use of the death penalty.
Restating the importance of United Nations Resolutions calling for the establishment of a moratorium as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty, the EU envoy urged the Nigerian authorities to refrain from further executions, while reviewing laws authorising state governors to sign execution warrants.
“I call on Nigeria to join the strong abolitionist trend which prevails on the African continent. As a first step towards abolition, I strongly encourage Nigeria to amend its legislation in order to end the use of the death penalty as sole sentence for a number of crimes,” she said. (Sources: premiumtimesng.com, 25/06/2013)

IRAN: FOUR HANGED FOR RAPE, DRUG TRAFFICKING
BANGLADESH: 5 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR GANG-RAPE
NIGERIA: SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OPPOSES CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
IRAN: FIVE PEOPLE HANGED
NIGERIA: FG REJECTS WEST'S POSITION ON DEATH PENALTY
USA: BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT INDICTED ON 30 COUNTS
ZAMBIA: MWENSE FISHERMAN TO HANG
JAPAN: OSAKA DISTRICT COURT HANDS DOWN DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF ELDERLY COUPLE
NIGERIA: MAN TO HANG FOR KILLING STEPDAUGHTER IN ZAMFARA
TEXAS CARRIES OUT ITS 500TH EXECUTION SINCE 1982
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
KUWAIT: DEATH SENTENCE FOR BRIDE KILLER
OKLAHOMA (USA): BRIAN DARRELL DAVIS EXECUTED DESPITE PAROLE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION FOR CLEMENCY
CHINA: 3 EXECUTED, 2 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CHINA: 3 EXECUTED, 4 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAQ: SUPREME JUDICIAL COUNCIL SENTENCES 2 AL-QAEDA MEN TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: 2 PAKISTANIS EXECUTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
NIGERIA: FOUR CONVICTS HANGED IN EDO FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2006
MALDIVES: BILL PROPOSING DEATH BY HANGING REJECTED
GAZA: HAMAS EXECUTES TWO PALESTINIANS CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL
NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES 2 TO DEATH BY HANGING IN SOKOTO
CHINA: MAN GETS DEATH FOR KILLING 7 IN 9 DAYS
IRAN: 4 PRISONERS, INCLUDING ONE WOMAN, HANGED
BANGLADESH: DEATH FOR 10 JMB ACTIVISTS
GAZA: MILITARY COURT ISSUES DEATH PENALTY TO COLLABORATOR
CHINA: AUTHORITIES THREATEN DEATH PENALTY FOR SERIOUS POLLUTERS
117 INMATES TO BE EXECUTED WITH LETHAL INJECTIONS MADE IN VIETNAM
KUWAIT: TWO MORE CONVICTS EXECUTED
IRAN: ONE PRISONER HANGED IN KARAJ
CHINA: OFFICIAL EXECUTED FOR RAPING GIRLS

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