Despite the availability of the relevant laws, the death sentence had not been imposed for 40 years now.
When granting the GSP+, the European Union had specifically asked for an assurance that there would be no death penalty.
During the resolution adopted during the UN General Assembly on Dec. 19, 2016, Sri Lanka had voted in favour of moratorium on the use of death penalty.
Political analysts also note that death penalty could be misused by abusers of political powers in the future.
The European Union is the leading institutional actor and largest donor in the fight against death penalty worldwide. The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty in all circumstances and for all cases, in accordance with the EU Strategic Framework and its related Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.
With regard to their policy on death penalty, the EU states as follows on their website :
‘Capital punishment is inhumane, degrading and unnecessary. As a matter of fact, there is no valid scientific evidence to support that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than other punishments. Furthermore, any miscarriage of justice, which is a possibility in any judiciary no matter how advanced it is, could lead to the intentional killing of an innocent person by state authorities.’
Yesterday (10), Finance and media minister - Mangala Samaraweera has objected to a cabinet proposal by president Maithripala Sirisena to reintroduce the death penalty.