At the beginning of the Italian semester of EU Presidency, the Community of Sant’Egidio welcomes the convening by the Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini of a 'task force' in order to fight for the abolition of the death penalty.
The 'task force', to which the Community of Sant’Egidio takes part, along with other abolitionist associations, will coordinate the work ahead of the vote
at the UN for a new resolution for the moratorium. The objective is to re-launch, in the semester of Presidency of the EU Council, the commitment against capital punishment and to work to increase the consent of the countries about the General Assembly resolution that will be voted on in New York in December.
During the meeting, the Community of Sant’Egidio presented a program of initiatives to support the acceleration of the abolitionist process in the coming months in several countries of the world.
The commitment of Sant'Egidio in this European semester will be characterized by the creation of initiatives that respond to the need of a "cross regional" approach where Europe fits into a chorus of sponsors representing 5 continents, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa and by the creation of a center of parliamentary diplomacy.
As pointed out by Mario Marazziti, President of the Human Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, this will help to create "a synergy among civil society, NGOs, international institutions and a large entity such as the EU as a key to a new phase of the global campaign for an additional right, and a justice without death penalty". These proposals were re-launched by the Minister Mogherini, with particular reference to the added value of the channel of parliamentary diplomacy. Then Marazziti stated: "It 's very important that Italy, at the opening of the European Semester, which has just started to lead, places the abolition of the death penalty and the campaign for a universal moratorium on the center of his commitment. It’s the humanitarian and humanist diplomacy of Europe, which is put at the center".
The annual meetings "No Justice, without Life" organized by Sant'Egidio in this 2014 will be held in Manila on 27 and 28 September and in Japan between 23 and 25 October. These are two important regional initiatives addressed to the major Asian countries and which provide a dialogue platform for the participation to the moratorium on executions.
In this context, the network "Cities for Life, Cities against the Death Penalty", promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio in 2002, will be called on 30 November to increase its commitment in the fight against the death penalty with educational interventions in schools, universities and civil society in Europe and the world.