Wednesday, July 22, 2009

[IWS] EU DECLARATION against U.S. DEATH PENALTY [21 July 2009]

IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

Council of the European Union
Brussels, 21 July 2009
12256/09 (Presse 223)
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the 1000th execution by lethal injection in the United States of America

The European Union notes with deep regret that, with the execution of Mr Marvallous
Keene by the State of Ohio on 21 July, the United States has carried out its 1000th
execution by lethal injection since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.
The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all
circumstances and has consistently called for its universal abolition. We believe that the
abolition of the death penalty is essential to protect human dignity, and to the progressive
development of human rights. The European Union considers this punishment cruel and
It has not been found to act as a deterrent, and any miscarriage of justice ­ which
is inevitable in any legal system ­ is irreversible. Consequently, the death penalty is
abolished throughout the European Union.


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