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October 28 2013 | JAPAN

Japan discuss about the Appeal of 42 European Ministers for the abolition of the Death Penalty

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Joint Appeal of 42 European Ministers

for the Abolition of the Death Penalty


Justice which kills is not justice. Convinced of the inhumanity of the death penalty, the signatory countries represented here are opposed to its application in any circumstances and in any part of the world.

The death penalty is not only an intolerable affront to human dignity, but its implementation involves numerous violations of human rights of prisoners and their families. In addition, capital punishment has no positive impact on the prevention of crime or safety in any way and can not remedy the suffering of the victims and their families.

The abolition of capital punishment is the result of a progressive awareness of a collective effort and constant. This is the path that countries that still carry out executions in the name of justice must take. The determination necessary to achieve the abolition of the death penalty must come from both states by individuals. Thanks to an informed debate and to the fluid exchange of ideas between our countries and our societies the death penalty has now been almost entirely abolished in Europe.

We are entering a crucial phase in the process of abolition of the death penalty. Currently, about 50 countries still apply the death penalty, while only twenty years ago were more than twice. This positive trend allows us to imagine that the next generation will live in a world without the death penalty and encourages us in our common effort to support countries in their journey towards its universal abolition.

The following Foreign Ministers signed the Appeal:

Ditmir Bushati (Albania), Gilbert Saboya Sunyé (Andorra), Michael Spindelegger (Austria), Didier Reynders (Belgium), Zlatko Lagumdžija (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kristian Vigenin (Bulgaria), Ioannis Kasoulides (Cyprus), Vesna Pusic (Croatia), Villy Søvndal (Denmark), Urmas Paet (Estonia), Nikola Poposki (Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia), Erkki Tuomioja (Finland), Laurent Fabius (France), Guido Westerwelle (Germany), Evangelos Venizelos (Greece), Eamon Gilmore (Ireland), Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Island), Emma Bonino (Italy), Edgars Rinkevics (Latonya), Aurelia Frick (Liechtenstein), Linas Antanas Linkevicius (Lithuanian), Jean Asselborn (Luxembourg), George Vella (Malta), Natalia Gherman (Moldova), José Badia (Principality of Monaco), Igor Lukšic (Montenegro), Espen Barth Eide (Norway), Frans Timmermans (Netherlands), Rui Machete (Portugal), William Hague (United Kingdom), Jan Kohout (Czech Republic), Miroslav Lajcák (Slovak Republic), Titus Corla?ean (Romania), Pasquale Valentini (San Marino), Ivan Mrkic (Serbia), Karl Erjavec (Slovenia), José Manuel García-Margallo (Spain), Carl Bildt (Sweden), Didier Burkhalter (Switzerland), Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkey), Leonid Kozhara (Ukraine) e János Martonyi (Hungary

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