Briefing 
 

EU diplomacy versus the death penalty, especially for drug-related crime 

What foreign policy and bilateral measures is the EU taking to discourage recourse to the death penalty in third countries, especially for drug-related crimes? MEPs will put the question to the Council on Tuesday evening. The EU’s anti-drug cooperation with third countries must not encourage them to execute those convicted of such crimes, they will add. Parliament votes a resolution on Wednesday.

MEPs will table an oral question to the Council ahead of the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October. Experts at a Human Rights Subcommittee hearing on 22 September urged MEPs to pass a "resolution which will clearly set up Europe's position that EU funds should not be spent on such operations".


Note to editors

 

Amnesty International recorded executions in 22 countries in 2014, the same number as in 2013. At least 607 executions were carried out worldwide, a reduction of almost 22% compared with 2013. As in previous years, this figure does not include the number of people executed in China, where data on the death penalty is treated as a state secret.

 

At least 2,466 people are known to have been sentenced to death in 2014, an increase of 28% compared with 2013. This increase was largely due to sharp spikes in death sentences in Egypt and Nigeria, where courts imposed mass sentences against scores of people in some cases.

 

According to Amnesty International, the death penalty was imposed or carried out for drug-related offences in countries that included China, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam. About 8% of all recorded executions in China were carried out for drug-related crimes.

 

Procedure: Oral question to Council (with resolution)

O.000103/2015

Debate: Tuesday, 6 October

Vote: Wednesday, 7 October

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