On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.
Nobody will win neither the war nor the peace without a negotiated political solution, High Representative said at an EU side event on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Brussels Conference will support a political transition necessary to allow the safe return of refugees, a dream the EU supports, and provide a stage for Syrian women, youth and civil society to build the future of Syria.
As part of President Juncker's State of the Union proposals earlier this week the European Commission announced a new 'Africa - Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs'. The package builds on the commitments taken during the African Union – European Union Summit of last year in Abidjan where the two continents agreed to strengthen their partnership. The Alliance will lead to the creation of up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next 5 years alone.
Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the plenary session of the European Parliament on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law – the situation in Uganda