Joint Declaration on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty [中文]
On 10 October, the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirmed their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases.
The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It is inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven significant deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.
Abolition of the death penalty is a distinctive achievement in Europe. It is a prerequisite for membership in the Council of Europe, and the absolute ban of the death penalty under all circumstances is inscribed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The Council of Europe and the European Union urge all European States to ratify the protocols to the European Convention on Human Rights, which aim at the abolition of the death penalty.