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Egypt must end death penalty: EU politicians

Egypt must end death penalty: EU politicians
From Al Jazeera - February 8, 2018

The European Parliament has condemned Egypt for its use of the death penalty and called for all planned executions to be halted pending a review of the cases.

Egypt is restricting "fundamental democratic rights", members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said in a statement on Wednesday, adding Cairo should abolish capital punishment.

"The European Parliamentcalls for the end to all acts of violence, incitement and hate speech, reminding the Egyptian government that the universal protection of human rights and long-term prosperity go hand in hand," it said.

A sharp rise in executions has taken place in Egypt since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power ina 2013 coup,according to figures from Cornell University's Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide.

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