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October 29 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will co-host with the Community of Saint’Egidio the 9th Annual Edition of the International Meeting of Justice Ministers

DOJ to co-host int'l meeting of justice ministers

On Oct. 27-28, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

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The Community of Saint’Egidio is a Christian organization based in Rome, Italy.
It yearly organizes the international meeting under the general theme: “A World Without the Death Penalty – No Justice Without Life” and this year’s theme is “No Justice Without Life: Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Human Rights and Respect for Human Dignity”.

It will be the first time that this annual conference will be held outside Rome.

Dignitaries and representatives from 14 countries in Asia, and from Italy and the United States will be present in the event.

Local participants will come from the local government units (LGUs), the academe, students, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other institutional representatives.

The opening session in the afternoon of October 27 will be highlighted by the keynote address of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima.

Intended to offer a platform of dialogue to those countries that have initiated or are initiating the path towards a moratorium on or abolition of the capital punishment, the meeting will be concluded with a formal declaration against the imposition of the death penalty.

By virtue of Republic Act No. 9346 signed into law on June 24, 2006, the Philippines has abolished the imposition of the death penalty.

The Philippines is also a signatory to the Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The said Optional Protocol commits its signatory States to the abolition of the death penalty within their respective borders.(PNA)