Vienna, 10 October 2011 – “We call upon all countries that still apply capital punishment to finally abolish this cruel and inhumane penalty or to at least introduce a moratorium to its enforcement as a first step“, was Vice-Chancellor Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger’s appeal on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty.
“The death penalty is still enforced in 43 countries of the world. What is particularly cruel in this context is that some countries still execute juvenile delinquents, which is a clear violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, Spindelegger continues.
“Austria and the European Union stand up for the world-wide abolition of capital punishment, without any ifs and buts. The international alliance against the death penalty is growing as can be seen by the growing approval of the resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty adopted last December at the 65th UN General Assembly. Abolishing the death penalty is indispensable for the promotion of human dignity and for the development of human rights. We will continue to fight for this goal”, the Foreign Minister concluded.
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