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EU condemns Iraq execution of terrorists

Brussels, 19.11.2020 The European Union diplomacy has issued a statement, expressing “sincere sympathy” to convicts, and families of those executed on terrorism charges in Iraq. In a written statement, attributed to a spokesperson, the European diplomacy has risen to defence of human rights of the convicts, condemning in the “strongest possible terms”, the executions, assessing them as criminal acts in themselves.

“Earlier this week, twenty one individuals convicted on terrorism-related charges were reportedly executed in Nasiriyah Central Prison, also known as Al Hoot, in Iraq. The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the criminal actions for which they were sentenced and expresses its sincere sympathy to any victims and their families. At the same time, the European Union recalls its opposition to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances.

“The European Union considers the death penalty a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent to crime. It represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity while any miscarriages of justice are irreversible.

“The European Union therefore calls on Iraqi authorities to refrain from any future executions, to declare and maintain a de facto moratorium on the use of capital punishment, and to pursue a consistent policy towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country”.

According to Amnesty International, China is leading in executions, but the exact number remains unknown as this data is classified as a state secret; the global figure of at least 657 excludes the thousands of executions believed to have been carried out in China.
From available data, without China, 86% of all reported executions took place in just four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt.

At the end of last year, 106 countries had abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes, and 142 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

Amnesty against extradition of Assange

Amnesty International supported  voices against extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, arguing that this would put his human rights at serious risk of abuse.

The statement, issued by the group’s Australian branch, backed Assange’s lawyers and supporters’ claim that if he is sent to the US, “he would face a real risk of serious human rights violations due to his work with WikiLeaks.”

Amnesty said that Assange could face several human rights violations in the event that he is extradited to the US, including: violation of his right to freedom of expression; right to liberty; right to life if the death penalty were sought; and being held in conditions that would violate his right to humane treatment.

Abductions of politicians in Turkey continue

Amnesty International insists there were “credible grounds” eight people, including politicians, had forcibly disappeared after criticising the Government, Director of European and Central Asia program Human Rights Watch Hugh Williamson said.


The organisation documented 10 cases since May last year. Another two abductions took place in June. All but one of those men are still missing.

According to Human Rights Watch, four of the missing men all lost their jobs during the state of emergency declared after last year’s failed coup on President Recep Erdogan.

All have alleged links to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen – who the president accuses of trying to overthrow him.

Uzbekistan human rights breaches in Brussels focus

The Foreign Minister Sven Mikser from Estonia holding the  EU presidency for the second half of the year, will chair the EU-Uzbekistan meeting and is expected to discuss issues including the rule of law, and human rights in Central Asian country.

In a joint statement, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia the International Partnership for Human Rights, and Amnesty International urged the EU “to emphasize the need for concrete changes in the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.”

According to the opinion of the international organisations the government must end the persecution of human rights defenders, journalists, and dissident voices while also ensuring that domestic and international media can operate freely and independently.

They also underlined that Tashkent must allow an independent international inquiry into events in the eastern city of Andijan in 2005, when Uzbek security forces opened fire on anti-government peaceful protesters, and allegedly buried hundreds of  victims in mass graves.

EU concerned by Taner Kılıҫ detention

“We have learned with concern from media reports and from Amnesty International that the Head of Amnesty International in Turkey, lawyer and human rights defender Taner Kılıҫ, was detained on recently. We call on the Turkish authorities to clarify the charges swiftly, in line with the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. In particular, it is important to fully respect the presumption of innocence. Amnesty International is an internationally highly respected member of civil society which is a key pillar of democracy” – says the statement of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

“The European Union is monitoring the on-going procedure closely.”

Venezuela: liberation of opponents


“The recent liberation of a number of jailed political opponents in Venezuela is a welcome step. Further steps towards a genuine political dialogue in the country are to be encouraged” – says the statement of the European external actions service (EEAS).

“Meaningful and earnest dialogue is urgently needed to find lasting political solutions to the grave problems which the Venezuelan people are facing”.

According to Amnesty International the situation in Venezuela remains grim,  human rights defenders and journalists are victims of attacks and intimidation. Political opponents of the government are confronted with unfair trials and imprisonment. The excessive use of force by the police is common practice, reportedly resulting in lethal outcomes, and some cases there was a suspicion of ‘unlawful killings’.

(Source: EEAS, Amnesty International)