The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and the secretary general of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have published a joint declaration to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October.

The statement underlines both organisations’ opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances, calls upon those Council of Europe member states which have not yet acceded to Protocols No 6 and 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights to do so without delay and once again urges Belarus to abolish the death penalty.

World Day Against the Death Penalty was first organised by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 2003.

142 countries, representing 74% of the UN member states, have stopped using the death penalty, either by removing it from their penal code or not carrying out executions for a long time. In 2018, executions were carried out in only 20 countries, or 10% of the countries of the world.