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EU welcomes abolition of death penalty

The European Union and its Member States represented in Liberia namely; Germany, Ireland, France and Sweden laud the Government of Liberia for legally abolishing the death penalty in the country.

In a press statement released in Monrovia, the EU describes the death penalty as a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life, saying “It is incompatible with human dignity and makes any miscarriage of justice irreversible.”

It noted that while there has been in Liberia since 2005 a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty, its full legal abolition now constitutes an important and essential step to ensuring full respect for human dignity.

According to the EU, the move increases global perception about Liberia as a free, liberal democracy and sends positive signals to the business community for potential job-creating investments and to European citizens desirous to visit Liberia.

The release further describes the Liberian government’s move towards abolition of the death penalty as a concrete demonstration of the values shared by the people of Liberia and Europe.

“We look forward to continue our common endeavors to ensure the respect for human rights multilaterally and regionally.”

The EU says the Republic of Liberia currently plays an important role to restore peace, security, stability, democracy and constitutional order in its Sisterly Republics in the region and reaffirms its readiness to support Liberia and ECOWAS in these endeavors.

It continues that those same values inspire the strong positions adopted by the Republic of Liberia after the illegal and unprovoked aggression of Ukraine by Russia, and its firm and decisive stance on human rights in the United Nations through the untiring diplomatic initiatives of Foreign Minister Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr.

Meanwhile, the European Union and its Member States appreciate constructive and regular exchanges based on shared values held with Minister Kemayah and Justice Minister Cllr. Musa F. Dean at the fruitful exchanges in the 10th EU-Liberia Political Dialogue and in other formats.

“The EU and its Member States look forward to continuing our active cooperation to ensure the full respect for human rights and the promotion of the values of liberal democracy in multilateral fora and within the region”, the release says.

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