European Union External Action

United States: Statement by the Spokesperson on the resumption of the federal death penalty

Brussels, 10/07/2020 - 08:37, UNIQUE ID: 200710_17
Statements by the Spokesperson

The European Union strongly opposes the decision of the United States Department of Justice to resume the federal death penalty after a 17-year hiatus. We urge the U.S. administration to reconsider and not proceed with the federal executions due to take place starting on 13 July. This decision runs counter to the overall trend in the United States and worldwide to abolish the death penalty, either by law or in practice.

The European Union strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, incompatible with the inalienable right to life, fails to provide effective deterrence to criminal behaviour, and is irreversible. The European Union stands firmly and unequivocally by the victims of crimes and their families, and supports the application of effective, non-lethal punishments. The European Union will continue to work towards a universal abolition of the death penalty.