Foreign Office Criticises the Death Sentences of Three Men in Gaza

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East, has condemned the three death sentences which took place in Gaza on 25 May 2017. Two of the three were hanged to death and the other was killed by use of a firing squad, it is thought in front of numerous politicians and senior figures.

In a statement Ellwood said:

“I strongly condemn the three death sentences carried out in Gaza on 25 May. This decision reflects a worrying trend of increasing use of the death penalty in Gaza.

It is the long-standing position of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We have repeatedly called for the de facto authorities in Gaza to respect the Palestinian Authority’s moratorium on implementation of the death penalty”.

A spokesman for the European Union said:

“The EU and Norway consider that abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights”.