The European Union expressed “deep concern” over executing a Federal death sentence on November 19 in the United States, an EU official said in a statement.
“The European Union recalls that it is categorically opposed to the death penalty at any time and under any circumstances, and calls on the US administration to reconsider this decision and stop executions at the Federal level,” the European representative said.
He added that this is the eighth execution of the death sentence at the Federal level since July of this year after a nearly 20-year break.
Brussels believes that this number of executions at the Federal level contradicts the General trend to reduce executions both at the US States and in the world. “The EU believes that the death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment that is not a deterrent for criminals,” the European representative said, noting that injustices are inevitable.
The administration of Donald Trump in 2019 said that it intends to resume the death penalty at the Federal level. At that time, 62 people were awaiting execution in Federal prisons. This is only a small fraction of the convicts awaiting execution in the United States since the vast majority of them are under the States’ jurisdiction, not the Federal government.
In July, the US Supreme Court ruled that the first executions in 17 years in US Federal prisons can be carried out, reversing a delay previously ordered by a lower court. The first person executed was 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee, also held in the Federal prison Terre Haute in Indiana.