Abolition of the death penalty
18 Nov 2022 17:38:00BERLIN 15-18 NOVEMBER 2022
The 8th World Congress against the Death Penalty took place in Berlin on 15-18 November 2022....
16 Nov 2022 14:48:00
Secretary General in Berlin for the Opening Ceremony of the 8th World Congress against the Death PenaltyBERLIN 15 NOVEMBER 2022
“Death is not justice. Capital punishment replaces justice with revenge. This has to be wrong –...
10 Oct 2022 09:30:00STRASBOURG 10 OCTOBER 2022
On European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union and the Council of Europe...
The year 2022 marks the 20th World Day Against the Death Penalty. It is dedicated to reflecting on the relationship between the use of the death penalty and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment. The European Court of Human Rights was one of the first international institutions to recognise and develop that link in its case law, strengthening the abolitionist cause worldwide. In particular, the Court found that death row phenomenon contributes to the long-term psychological decline of a person’s health ; harsh death row living conditions contribute to physical deterioration ; mental anguish of anticipating execution.
All this is incompatible with the provisions of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights which establishes the protection from torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Court’s rulings ensured that the Council of Europe Member States should avoid extradition of individuals to countries where the death penalty could be applied.
The Council of Europe supports European and global initiatives aimed at the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.