The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the death sentences issued in Gaza
August 11, 2023
The EU condemns the death sentences of seven Palestinians in Gaza issued on 6 August. This brings the number of death sentences issued in Gaza in 2023 alone to twenty. Twelve are new sentences and eight are confirmations of earlier sentences.
We call on the de facto authorities in Gaza to comply with the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ratified by Palestine in 2019, which aims at the abolition of the death penalty.
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall their firm opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. The EU considers that abolition of the death penalty contributes to the protection of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights. It considers capital punishment cruel and inhuman, that it fails to provide deterrence to criminal behaviour, and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.