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EU Missions: 'Death sentences issued in Gaza are inhuman'

Dec. 5, 2018 10:56 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 3:18 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned the death sentences issued in the besieged Gaza Strip against six Palestinians convicted of collaborating with Israel, on Tuesday.

A Hamas military court found the six Palestinians guilty of collaborating with Israel, mainly in the botched operation that took place in Khan Younis, south of Gaza on November 11th, which killed seven Palestinians.

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recalled in their statement their firm opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment.

The EU Missions released a statement that said, "The EU considers capital punishment to be cruel and inhuman, that it fails to provide deterrence to criminal behavior, and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity."

The EU Missions called on the de facto authorities in Gaza to refrain from carrying out any executions of prisoners and comply with the moratorium on executions put in place by the Palestinian Authority (PA), pending the abolition of the death penalty, and following the signing of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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