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EU ambassadors encourage Thailand to end executions

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is for authoritarian countries and not democracies, delegates from the European Union stressed yesterday as they urged Thailand to abandon prisoner execution. On the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union in Thailand held a panel discussion on the topic “The Global Trend towards Abolishing the Death Penalty: Implications for Thailand”. The discussion aimed to underline the ethical problems surrounding capital punishment, along with its inefficiency in preventing violent crimes and ensuring justice. In his opening remarks to the meeting, the European Union’s Ambassador to Thailand, Pirkka Tapiola, said the EU was one of the major supporters of the campaign to end capital punishment and was working constructively towards that goal with other members of the global community. Despite the global trend now moving towards ending capital punishment, Tapiola said there was a negative development in June when Thailand – which...

 

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