EU lauds Uhuru for commuting death sen­tences to life im­pris­on­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Nine­teen Euro­pean am­bas­sadors have praised Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta for commuting all death sen­tences to life im­pris­on­ment.

The en­voys said the EU con­sid­ers cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment “a cruel and in­hu­mane pun­ish­ment which fails to pro­vide de­ter­rence to crim­i­nal be­hav­iour”.

In a state­ment sent to news­rooms, EU Head of Del­e­ga­tion Am­bas­sador Ste­fano De­jak (pic­tured) said the death sen­tence “rep­re­sents an un­ac­cept­able de­nial of hu­man dig­nity and in­tegrity”.

He said all EU mem­ber states have abol­ished the death penalty, and a world­wide abo­li­tion rep­re­sents one of the main ob­jec­tives of the Union’s hu­man rights pol­icy.

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