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On 10 October we celebrate World Day Against the Death Penalty. On this important occasion, we recall that the death penalty is a violation of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and call for an end to state-sanctioned capital punishment.

Every year on 10 October the European Union joins many partners across the globe to mark the World Day against the Death Penalty. The European Union remains among the strongest advocates for world-wide abolition of the death penalty. We have long since done away with this cruel and unusual form of punishment on our own territory.

From 10-12/10/2016, the EU Delegation in Mexico is organising, under the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument (TAIEX), an expert mission on Information and communications technology user rights.


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.

Statement by the Spokesperson on the assassination in Mozambique of Renamo's negotiator, Mr Jeremias Pondeca

Declaração do Porta-voz da União Europeia sobre o assassinato em Moçambique do negociador da Renamo, o Sr. Jeremias Pondeca


Prix d'excellence de l'Union européenne

Le jeune dessinateur Hamza Bouhidel de Constantine a reçu le Prix d’Excellence de l’UE dans le cadre du 9e Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Alger (Fibda) qui a pris fin ce samedi 8 octobre.