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EU condemns the execution of 24 people in Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The European Union condemns the recent execution of 24 people sentenced on charges of terrorism for starting wildfires in coastal regions of Syria in September and October 2020, EU said on Saturday.  

In a statement issued on Saturday the EU pointed out that it is also highly concerning that minors received verdicts of 10 to 12 years imprisonment for similar charges.

“The European Union strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity,” Peter Stano, Lead Spokesperson for the External Affairs of the EU, said.

“The European Union continues to work for the universal abolition of the death penalty and urges Syria to join the worldwide trend to abolish the capital punishment,” he added. 

On October 20, the Syrian judicial executed 24 people on charges of terrorist acts in several governorates under the Syrian government control.

“Under the provisions of the General Penal Code, the Code of the Criminal Procedure, and the law of anti-terrorism No. 19, 2012, twenty-four criminals were executed,” the Syrian Ministry of Justice posted on its official Facebook account.  

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