File - European Union ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, April 22, 2013. (The Daily Star Photo/Hasan Shaaban)
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On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, there is a need to reflect on the great achievements and future priorities for the European Union and for Lebanon.There are also justified concerns that policymakers in Lebanon are too slow, and even resisting the abolition of the death penalty.The EU's firm position on the abolition of the death penalty is often taken for granted, both in Lebanon and worldwide. At EU level, the states endeavored to find the best formula to express their attachment to the abolition of the death penalty.It took more work for all states to decide whether the abolition of the death penalty should be on the foreign policy agenda. So the EU agreed on the abolition of the death penalty and we decided to promote this objective at international level, but we do not ignore the gravity of actions committed.Today, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, it is high time for Lebanon to take stock of its de facto position and deeply consider taking the next steps to formalize it.
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