The European Union (EU) today urged Sri Lanka to maintain the moratorium on the death penalty.
Ms Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Austria speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on behalf of the European Union (EU), said that the EU welcomes the overall progress made in advancing respect for human rights in Sri Lanka.
However she noted that much remains to be done and that there is only six months left before the next report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in March 2019.
She told the UNHRC during the ongoing 39th session in Geneva that it is vital for the Government to make full use of this opportunity to advance the commitments it has made to the Council that are needed for lasting national reconciliation.
Regarding the death penalty, she said the EU encourages Sri Lanka to maintain the moratorium, with a view towards complete abolition.