Netherlands condemns executions in Nigeria
In the afternoon of Monday 24 June, Nigeria executed four people who had been sentenced to death. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned and deeply deplored the executions. 'The Netherlands opposes the death penalty in all circumstances', he said. 'I therefore call on the Nigerian government, at both federal and state level, to restore the de facto moratorium on the death penalty and refrain from further executions, in accordance with Nigeria's international pledges.'
'The Netherlands' commitment to human rights at home and abroad is part of our long-standing tradition', said Mr Timmermans. 'Everyone is entitled to protection of their rights. As the government’s recent letter on human rights makes clear, we will continue to campaign against capital punishment worldwide.'
The executions put an end to Nigeria’s seven-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty. This could have major consequences for the many hundreds of Nigerian prisoners who have been sentenced to death.
The Netherlands has called on EU member states to stand together in making their condemnation of the executions known to the Nigerian authorities. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has already expressed her condemnation.