Wien, 16. November 2007 Press release

Plassnik: "Important step towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty"

16.11.2007

Foreign Minister welcomes call by the United Nations for a worldwide moratorium on executions

Vienna, 16 November 2007 - "The death penalty is not reconcilable with our view of humanity and the world. The appeal by the United Nations for a worldwide moratorium on executions is an important step towards our goal of seeing the death penalty abolished throughout the globe," said Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik on the adoption for the first time of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly against the death penalty.

The resolution against the death penalty at the initiative of the EU foreign ministers was co-sponsored by more than 80 states. Those states that have not yet abolished the death penalty are called upon to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions as a first step towards complete abolition.

"The adoption for the first time of a resolution against the death penalty reflects the broad global alliance against the death penalty. This achievement will give further stimulus to the persistent and systematic commitment by Austria and the EU to the abolition of this cruel and inhuman punishment," said Plassnik. "We will not let up and will continue to intervene to oppose the pronouncement or carrying out of death sentences. We are vehemently opposed to death sentences against juvenile offenders and particularly cruel forms of the death penalty such as stoning, which often targets women," concluded the Foreign Minister.

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