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Crime: The EU "strongly opposes" the resumption of federal executions in the United States

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The European Union on Friday called on the United States to reconsider this decision taken almost a year ago and not to follow up on the executions of four convicted scheduled from July 13, 2020.

The European Union "strongly opposes" to the decision of United States of resume federal executions after 17 years of interruption , said Friday a spokesperson for European diplomacy.

"We call on the US administration to reconsider (this decision) and not to follow up on the federal executions planned from 13 July" , says Peter Stano, spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

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"Universal abolition"

"This decision goes against a general trend in the United States and in the world to abolish the death penalty , by law or in practice" , the press release continues.

He recalled that "the European Union firmly opposes the death penalty constantly and in all circumstances" and that it "will continue to work for its universal abolition" , denouncing a practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading, incompatible with the inalienable right to life, which does not represent an effective deterrent to criminal behavior and which is irreversible ”.

The government of Donald Trump decided almost a year ago to return to the practice of federal executions, the last of which dates back to 2003.

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In the United States, most crimes are tried at the state level, but the federal courts can deal with the most serious acts or those committed on military bases, between several states or on Amerindian reservations.

In the past 45 years, only three people have been executed at the federal level, including Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing (168 dead in 1995) in 2001.

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