EGYPT: ASHTON, EU WORKS FOR THE ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
September 15, 2011: the European Union will work for the abolition of capital punishment in Egypt, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in reply to a question from Irish Social Democratic European parliamentarian Nessa Childers. Childers asked the EU's position on the possibility of ex president Hosni Mubarak being sentenced to death.
Ashton explained that âthe abolition of the death penalty is raised in all relevant bilateral contacts with the Government in Cairo, especially in the context of the EU-Egypt political conversationsâ.
âInitiatives are taking place at the local level on various occasions and an informal group on human rights has been created to monitor all death penalty casesâ, Ashton clarified.
She pointed out that the European External Action Service âis committed to working towards the elimination of the death penalty in Egyptâ and the issue âwill be confronted systematically with the Egyptian authorities.â (Sources: ANSA, 15/09/2011)