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Statement of the Global Greens: Refuse the Death Sentences in Egypt

There have been a succession of court rulings in Egypt applying the death penalty, most recently therecommendation by an Egyptian judge to execute 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on charges of murdering a police officer and committing violence in Al-Minya province. If implemented this would constitute a macabre world record for mass judicial executions in contravention of international law.

If, as it appears, some of the defendants were not present and their testimonies and legal defence were not heard at the trial, then that would violate the basic tenets of criminal law and represents a denial of the right to a fair trial.

We call on the highest Egyptian judicial authority to refuse these recommendations and to re-examine the cases based on an application of a fair and just rule of law, maintaining strict independence from political considerations.

The Global Greens Charter, to which all Global Green Party members subscribe, declares out commitment to non-violence
and to strive for a culture of peace and cooperation between states, inside
societies and between individuals, as the basis of global security.

Our Charter calls for the death penalty to be abolished worldwide.

It is clear that the continuing unrest in Egypt is contributing to increased instability in the North African region and threatens international peace and security. We call on all members of the international community to apply political pressure in urging the interim authorities in Egypt to take all legal measures to stop the implementation of all judicial rulings involving the death penalty.

We call also on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to commence negotiations for an international convention to prevent and abolish the death penalty worldwide based on the 2007 UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/149, which proclaims a global moratorium on the death penalty. 


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