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More countries oppose Sri Lanka execution moves

More countries have condemned Sri Lanka’s move towards implementing the death penalty this week.

After reports emerged that the Sri Lankan president had authorised the execution of four drug convicts, the European Union, Canada and France followed the UK in opposing the move.

“Resuming the death penalty would also send a wrong signal to the international community, investors and partners of the country,” the EU said in a statement. “The European Union will continue to monitor Sri Lanka’s effective implementation of the 27 international conventions relating to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) commitment, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

Canada said the resumption of executions “would do little to rebuild Sri Lanka’s image,” while France said it would be “inconsistent with the recent commitments made by Sri Lanka.”

Earlier the UK had said the country may reconsider its security engagements with Sri Lanka.