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Belgium : European and World Day against the Death Penalty: Didier Reynders underlines the Belgian commitment for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

On the occasion of the 14th European and World Day against the Death Penalty, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders underlines the Belgian commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.

The death penalty has no place in the 21st century. Minister Reynders deplores that certain countries have issued new legislation in the past year introducing the death penalty for vague and broadly defined terrorism-related crimes.

The ultimate goal for Belgium and the EU is a full and universal abolition of the death penalty, whatever the crimes. It is a long-term objective that is aimed for through various fronts. For example, Belgium - as a member of the 'Group of Friends of the Second Optional Protocol' - continues to promote the ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which provides for the abolition of the death penalty. Only 83 countries have ratified it, while some 160 countries have abolished or no longer implement the death penalty.

Belgium also continues to work with NGOs that are active in the fight against the death penalty, such as the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the International Commission against the Death Penalty.

Finally, Belgium is looking forward to the adoption by the UN General Assembly later this year of a new resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. This initiative can count on active Belgian support.

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Date:Oct 12, 2016
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