Brussels, 15/01/2015

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the announced executions in Indonesia

The announced execution of six death row inmates in Indonesia, including a Dutch citizen, for drug offences is deeply regrettable. This would be the second round of executions since November 2013.

The EU is opposed to capital punishment in all cases and without exception, and has consistently called for its universal abolition.

The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. The European Union calls on the Indonesian authorities to stop all pending executions and consider establishing a moratorium on the use of death penalty as a first step towards definitive abolition.