Reiterating its call for a moratorium on the use of death penalty as a first step towards its abolition, the European Union (EU) urged Bangladesh authorities on Thursday to stay all the pending executions.
"We're closely following judicial proceedings in Bangladesh. The European Union reiterates its strong and absolute opposition to capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances," said the Spokesperson of the EU Delegation to Bangladesh in a statement on capital punishment in the country.
It said they consider the death penalty to be a cruel and inhumane punishment, which is not a deterrent to criminal behaviour and which represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity.
The EU observed that with capital punishment any miscarriage of justice - which can happen in any legal system - is irreversible.
Earlier on Wednesday, newly appointed Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon said they are not siding with war criminals by issuing statements but reminded all about its worldwide position against death penalty.
"Please don't spread this perception that the EU is taking side of war criminals. That's not obviously the case. It's not true we take sides," he told a press conference in the city.
Meanwhile, the government already asked the prison authorities to make preparations for Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman's execution, two days after the Supreme Court upheld his death penalty for war crimes. ?UNB