European Day Against the Death Penalty

10 October 2013: European Day Against the Death Penalty

On 26 September 2007, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to declare a ”European Day against the Death Penalty,” which is held annually on 10 October.

The day is a European contribution to the World Day against the Death Penalty, which is held annually on the same day.


The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under any circumstances. Its universal abolition is one of the key objectives of EU human rights policy.

The European Union regularly reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty and uses the various diplomatic tools at its disposal, including statements, demarches and Human Rights Dialogues with its partners, to advance the cause of worldwide abolition.


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