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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe writes against death penalty for Muslim Brotherhood members in Egypt


Written the Wednesday, April 16th 2014 à 11:06
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On April 7, 2014 forty one members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a written declaration to protest against the death penalty pronounced against 529 activists of the Muslim Brotherhood, asking for a moratorium on the use of capital punishment in Egypt. Here is the text of their declaration:


"We observed the events of the Arab Spring with anxiety, hope and joy. We admired the determination, courage and dedication of Egyptians in their struggle for the civil rights they deserved. The attention of the international public was focused on Egypt.
 
The attention and engagement of the international public was certainly an important factor which contributed to the victory of the Egyptian society over the authoritarian and non-accepted State authorities.
 
However, the civic victory did not bring lasting stability to Egypt. We do not intend to declare support for any of the parties of the political conflict in Egypt, but we are most astonished and concerned about the manner of conducting the trial and the sentence passed against activists of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sentencing 529 people in one brief show trial is an event without precedent in the modern world and bears the features of a judicial murder.
 
We believe that using the death penalty as a tool in the fight against political opponents cannot be accepted by the international community.
 
The undersigned members of the Parliamentary Assembly appeal to the Egyptian authorities – and to the authorities of all States whose law allows the death penalty – to introduce a moratorium on the use of the capital punishment."

Members of the Assembly who signed this declaration are:

HALICKI Andrzej, Poland, EPP/CD
ARIEV Volodymyr, Ukraine, EPP/CD
BAKOYANNIS Theodora, Greece, EPP/CD
BIEDROŃ Robert, Poland, SOC
BOROWSKI Marek, Poland, SOC
BUBLEWICZ Beata, Poland, EPP/CD
ČIGĀNE Lolita, Latvia, EPP/CD
D'ARCY Jim, Ireland, EPP/CD
DERVOZ Ismeta, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD
DİŞLİ Şaban, Turkey, EPP/CD
FABRITIUS Bernd, Germany, EPP/CD
FISCHER Axel E., Germany, EPP/CD
GERASHCHENKO Iryna, Ukraine, EPP/CD
GHILETCHI Valeriu, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD
GÓRCZYŃSKI Jarosław, Poland, EPP/CD
HARDT Jürgen, Germany, EPP/CD
HENNRICH Michael, Germany, EPP/CD
HETTO-GAASCH Françoise, Luxembourg, EPP/CD
IWIŃSKI Tadeusz, Poland, SOC
JANDROKOVIĆ Gordan, Croatia, EPP/CD
KYRIAKIDES Stella, Cyprus, EPP/CD
LĪBIŅA-EGNERE Inese, Latvia, EPP/CD
MATUŠIĆ Frano, Croatia, EPP/CD
MITCHELL Olivia, Ireland, EPP/CD
MORENO PALANQUES Rubén, Spain, EPP/CD
O'REILLY Joseph, Ireland, EPP/CD
PAKOSTA Liisa-Ly, Estonia, EPP/CD
PECKOVÁ Gabriela, Czech Republic, EPP/CD
PIPILI Foteini, Greece, EPP/CD
POLČÁK Stanislav, Czech Republic, EPP/CD
POURBAIX-LUNDIN Marietta, de, Sweden, EPP/CD
PREDA Cezar Florin, Romania, EPP/CD
SOBOLEV Serhiy, Ukraine, EPP/CD
SPAUTZ Marc, Luxembourg, EPP/CD
STRENZ Karin, Germany, EPP/CD
TALIADOUROS Spyridon, Greece, EPP/CD
TZAVARAS Konstantinos, Greece, EPP/CD
ULLRICH Volker, Germany, EPP/CD
WACH Piotr, Poland, EPP/CD
WELLMANN Karl-Georg, Germany, EPP/CD
ZECH Tobias, Germany, EPP/CD

Source on the Assembly's website
 



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