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On 31 May 2018, the National Assembly of Burkina Faso voted in favour of a new penal code abolishing the death penalty.
The European Union congratulates Burkina Faso on this achievement, which will contribute to the gradual abolition of the death penalty in Africa and help to impose a global moratorium on executions.
The enactment of the new code will bring to 21 the number of African countries implementing abolitionist laws and send a clear signal to other countries in the region and beyond.
The European Union is strongly opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and considers it to be a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and a violation of the right to life. The death penalty does not serve as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity. It renders errors, inevitable in any legal system, irreversible.
The abolition of the death penalty contributes to the progressive development of human rights.