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EU encourages Sri Lanka to legally abolish death penalty

The European Union (EU) which welcomed Sri Lanka’s record on maintaining its moratorium on executions had encouraged the country to legally abolish the death penalty.

A Joint Statement released by the EU and the Foreign Ministry yesterday said the EU also reiterated its opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.

This has been discussed during the 23rd meeting of the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission held yesterday.

The EU and Sri Lanka took note of the ad-hoc Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, which took place in Colombo in July 2019 and reviewed on-going cooperation provided through an EU funded project with UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Interpol.

The EU stressed the importance of applying international human rights standards in the fight against terrorism.

Sri Lanka said it looks forward to continuing the Counter Terrorism Dialogue and Security Cooperation.