Cathy Ashton, aka High Representative of the European Union, has issued a statement in connection with the execution of Robert Jackson in Delaware on 29th July:
"The European Union deeply regrets the execution of Mr. Robert Jackson in the State of
Delaware on 29 July, 2011. The European Union considers that nations, which have not as
yet abolished the death penalty, should not impose this punishment when a de-facto
moratorium has been in place for an extended period. The execution of Mr. Jackson has
broken the de-facto moratorium that had been in place in Delaware since November 4,
The European Union recognizes that a terrible crime was at the heart of this case and
extends its sympathy to the family and survivors of the victim. Nevertheless, the European
Union opposes the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and calls for a global moratorium as a first step towards its universal abolition." (Emphasis mine)
If the EU "opposes the use of capital punishement in all cases and under all circumstances", then perhaps Ashton can explain why the EU accepts the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the ECHR - and in particular, Article 2 ?
Capital punishment is the act whereby a person is condemned to death - aka the death penalty. A decision taken to open fire on those involved in an insurrection or riot means that whoever gives the order has condemned someone, or some people, to death. If the EU has the belief that capital punishment is abhorrent, then logically they cannot condone it under any circumstances.