Sierra Leone: Statement by the Spokesperson on the vote to abolish the death penalty

(Source: EEAS)

The European Union welcomes the commitment of President Julius Maada Bio and the unanimous vote in the Parliament of Sierra Leone on Friday 23 July to abolish the death penalty. Once enacted into law by the President, Sierra Leone will join the majority of countries in the world having abolished the death penalty.

The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and no compelling evidence exists to show that it serves as a deterrent to crime, while any miscarriages of justice are irreversible. The European Union strongly opposes the death penalty and will continue to work for its abolition in the few remaining countries that still apply it.

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