Death penalty : 'Welcome step'

22/09/2016
Death penalty : 'Welcome step'

Frederica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Togo's official accession to the 1989 Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty on 14 September is a welcome step, according to a statement published on Thursday by the spokesperson of the European Union (EU).

In doing so, Togo reinforces the global trend towards the abolition of the capital punishment, by becoming the 82nd state party to this important treaty. Togo's accession should encourage other countries to follow this example and also marks the remarkable abolitionist trend in Africa, as part of which many countries have done away with the death penalty in law or practice.

The European Union reaffirms its objective of working towards universal abolition of the death penalty.

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