Speech by Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty

February 28, 2019
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It is an honour for the European Union to host the [7th] World Congress Against the Death Penalty and, we Europeans, we in the European Union, are proud to be the world largest space that is free from death penalty.

We in the European Union believe, and I believe everyone in this room shares this, that every human life matters – no matter how it is used, no matter how many mistakes a person makes. We believe that a State should never dispose of the life of a human being. We believe that the response to a crime must never be another crime. We have moved beyond the idea of “an eye for an eye”. We believe in justice, not in revenge.

Today is about all of us, all of you – Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Defenders – who are engaged every single day to make death penalty a memory of the past. You know that you can constantly count on the support of the European Union.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia