EU asks Dhaka to enhance rights, dignity

EU asks Dhaka to enhance rights, dignity

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Dhaka – The European Union has expressed hope that Bangladesh, as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, will take all necessary actions to implement the UN resolutions, and thus fully contribute to enhancement of fundamental rights and human dignity in the world, UNB news agency reported.
EU heads of missions in Dhaka said this in their letter to mark the European Day against the death penalty and the World Day against the Death Penalty.The EU observes the European Day and the World Day against the Death Penalty, on 10 October.
The EU reaffirmed its principled opposition to the use of the death penalty and reiterates that capital punishment is inhumane and unnecessary. “No legal system is flawless; any miscarriage of justice could lead to the tragic loss of an innocent life,” the letter reads.
It says the state, with its particular responsibility as the ultimate guarantor of all persons’ human rights, should not deprive anyone of his or her fundamental, inherent and inalienable right to life.
Despite a marked trend towards abolition and restriction of the use of capital punishment, the number of States which still maintain death penalty in their legal systems remains high, the EU observed.
It further said, “Actively supported by countries from all regions, the EU uses all available means in working towards the goal of abolishing the death penalty throughout the world. We recall the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 62/149 of 18 December 2007, further reaffirmed by Resolutions 63/168 of 18 December 2008, 65/206 of 21 December 2010, 67/176 of 20 December 2012 and 69/186 of 18 December 2014, calling upon States which still maintain the death penalty to abolish it completely and, in the meantime, to establish a moratorium on executions.”
The signatories are Pierre Mayaudon, ambassador of EU delegation to Bangladesh, Alison Blake, British high commissioner, Jakob Haugaard, chargeéd’affaires at the embassy of Denmark, Johan Frisell, ambassador of Sweden, Sophie Aubert, ambassador of France, Mario Palma, ambassador of the Republic of Italy, Thomas Heinrich Prinz, ambassador of the Federal Republic Germany, Eduardo de Laiglesia y del Rosal, ambassador of Spain, Leoni Cuelenaere, ambassador of the Royal Netherlands.

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