United States: execution of Lisa Montgomery. Borrell (EU), “capital punishment incompatible with human dignity and the right to life”

“The European Union deeply regrets the federal execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman executed in seventy years in the US. The EU had asked for a pardon to be granted taking into account international law and international minimum standards that should be respected for people with mental disorders ”. So in a note a spokesman for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell. Since the resumption of the execution of the death penalty at the federal level, July 2020, after a 17-year hiatus, “we have seen a high number of executions,” Borrell said. Furthermore, the EU High Representative reiterates that “capital punishment is incompatible with human dignity and the right to life, constitutes an inhuman treatment and has no proven deterrent effect”. According to the EU, in this way, any procedural errors, inevitable in any judicial system, are irreversible. Therefore, the European Union “calls on the US administration to revoke its decision to carry out the remaining executions at the federal level during the last days of the current administration”. Finally, the EU underlines that “these executions contradict the growing trend towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide”, as demonstrated by the recent adoption of the eighth resolution calling for a “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” during the United Nations General Assembly last December 16.


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