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Message from the Ambassadors of the European Union and its Member States in Tokyo on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty

10.10.2012

Since 2008, the EU and Council of Europe have observed 10 October as World Day against the Death Penalty. The EU considers the death penalty a violation of human dignity. It does not deter violent crime. Any capital punishment that results from a miscarriage of justice represents an irreversible loss of life. On this date we reaffirm our commitment to its universal abolition.

We are not alone. The global trend is towards abolition: more than two-thirds of the countries around the world have formally abolished capital punishment or have stopped applying it. Even in countries that retain the death penalty the total number of executions is falling. The UN General Assembly has passed a series of resolutions calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a first step towards abolition.

Against such a backdrop, the EU deeply regrets that seven death row inmates have been executed in Japan this year. This is especially worrying as it comes after an almost two-year period during which no executions took place. We urge Japan to consider seriously an immediate moratorium on executions to allow a comprehensive public debate on this issue.

The EU and Japan are like-minded partners with shared democratic values. We work closely with Japan on many shared challenges including energy security, climate change and international development cooperation. All our governments are committed to deepening and strengthening our relationship with Japan, a leader in so many fields and a respected member of the international community.  It is our sincere desire to see Japan join the growing community of nations which have ceased to apply the death penalty.

H.E. Mr.

Pēteris

Vaivars

Latvia

H.E. Mr.

Paul

Steinmetz

Luxembourg

H.E. Sir

David

Warren

United Kingdom

H.E. Mr.

Vincenzo

Petrone

Italy

H.E. Mr.

Drahomir

Stos

Slovakia

H.E. Mr.

Nikolaos

Tsamados

Greece

H.E. Mr.

Jari

Ģustafsson

Finland

H.E. Dr.

Volker

Stanzel

Germany

H.E. Mr.

Toivo

Tasa

Estonia

H.E. Mr.

John

Neary

Ireland

H.E. Ms

Katerina

Fialkova

Czech Republic

H.E. Ms

Helena Drnovsek

Zorko

Slovenia

H.E. Mr.

Miguel Angel

Navarro Portera

Spain

H.E. Mr.

Hans Dietmar

Schweisgut

EU

H.E. Mr.

Luc

Liebaut

Belgium

H.E. Mr.

José

de Freitas Ferraz

Portugal

H.E. Mr.

A. Carsten

Damsgaard

Denmark

H.E. Dr.

Lars

Vargö

Sweden

H.E. Dr.

István

Szerdahelyi

Hungary

H.E. Mr.

Christian

Masset

France

H.E. Dr.

Radu

Şerban

Romania

H.E. Mr.

Cyryl

Kozaczewski

Poland

H.E. Dr.

Bernhard

Zimburg

Austria

H.E. Mr.

Radinck J.

van Vollenhoven

The Netherlands

Dr.

Algirdas

Dambrauskas

Lithuania

Ms

Youliana

Antonova

Bulgaria

H.E. Ms

Mira

Martinec

Croatia

H.E. Ms

Ioanna

Malliotis

Cyprus

H.E. Mr.

Joseph

Cassar

Malta

H.E. Mr.

Arne

Walther

Norway

 

 

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