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Debate: Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?

10 October - European and World Day against the Death Penalty
Strasbourg 4 October 2017
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Debate: Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?

On 10 October 2017, the Conference of INGOs, in collaboration with the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), one of its members, is organising a debate entitled: "Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?", aimed at strengthening and better coordinating the fight against the threat of a return of the death penalty in Europe. The debate will include emblematic figures and civil society representatives who contributed to the abolition of capital punishment in the Member States and those who continue to fight in the Observer States, as well as families of victims of terrorist attacks. The Secretary General will make an intervention and read the joint statement he will publish on that day together with Federica Mogherini, underlining the firm opposition of both the Council of Europe and the European Union to capital punishment.

The Conference of INGOs remains convinced that the death penalty is not the solution and that the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) as well as its additional Protocols 6 and 13 should be defended in all circumstances.

 

Debate: “Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?”

Date: 10 October, 09.00 – 13.00

Languages: French/English

Location: Room 2, ‘Palais de l’Europe’, Council of Europe

CONCEPT NOTE AND PROGRAMME

 

VIDEO MESSAGE

Video message from Sister Helen PREJEAN, founder of Ministry Against the Death Penalty and author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty”

 

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