To mark the World Day against the Death Penalty, the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva, CinéONU, Amnesty International and the Geneva's Film Festival on Human Rights (FIFDH) organise an event on 20 October in Geneva. The event will consist of the screening of a movie, as well as a panel debate. The movie 'The fear of 13' is a remarkable film where Nick Yarris, who spent over 20 years in prison convicted to death for a murder he didn't commit, tells his story in a fascinating monologue. The screening will be followed by a debate with Nick Yarris, former death row inmate and protagonist of 'The fear of 13', as well as Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of the Swiss Federation and Member of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. Manon Schick, Director of Amnesty International Switzerland, will moderate the discussion.
The Council adopted the "country and regional issues" part of the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2015 which complements the thematic part of the report published on 20 June 2016.
In 2015, the EU continued defending and promoting human rights, inclusive and democratic societies.
The universal abolition of the death penalty is one of the core objectives of the European Union in the field of Human Rights. Despite long-term improvements regarding the abolitionist cause – there are now 141 formally or nominally abolitionist states – the balance of the year 2015 is somewhat bleak. Old moratoria were challenged, debates on the reinstatement of the death penalty in several countries resurfaced, and the number of executions recorded in the last year - 1634 executions - has been the highest since the 1990’s.