Minister Reynders concerned about death sentences in Egypt

date: 26 March 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, like the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, is deeply concerned to learn about the sentencing to the death penalty of 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Belgium, in all cases and circumstances, is opposed to capital punishment, which constitutes an infringement of human dignity. Together with the EU, Belgium pursues the complete abolition of the death penalty. The establishment of a moratorium on executions is a first step towards the abolition. Our country also calls for a reduction of the number of actual executions in countries where the death penalty is still in use and insists – should it be used – that this occurs with due observance of the existing minimum international standards and with maximum transparency.

Minister Reynders supports the appeal by High Representative Catherine Ashton to the Egyptian authorities to guarantee the right to a fair trial as enshrined in article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Egypt is a State Party.