Executive orders for the execution of 80 persons have recently been announced in Iraq, with further possible execution orders to follow.
According to the EU’s External Office, the decision is a regrettable development as, following the formation of a new Government in Iraq in 2014, a review of all pending cases was undertaken.
“This review and a possible permanent suspension of all executions had been seen as a positive signal by the EU, in line with its principled opposition to the use of the death penalty,” said a spokesperson for the EU’s External Office in a statement.
According to the EU’s External Office, capital punishment is counter-productive as a crime deterrent.
“The EU strongly encourages Iraq to reinstate a de facto moratorium on the death penalty,” the EU’s External Office said.