Leaders warn that Turkey will not join the EU if it uses the death penalty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Sean Gallup/ Getty Images.

The European Union reminded Turkey on Monday that it is bound by its commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights and as a member of the Council of Europe not to reintroduce the death penalty.

“No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters when asked about suggestions that EU accession candidate Turkey might execute leaders of the failed coup.

She also noted that Turkey was a member of the Council of Europe and a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans capital punishment across the continent:

“Turkey is an important part of the Council of Europe and is bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, which is very clear on the death penalty,” she said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier claimed that Turkey’s ambition to join the EU would be seriously damaged if it were to reinstate the death penalty.

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