Yesterday was the European Day against the Death Penalty.
The International Day for the Abolition of the Death Penalty – 10th October – has also since 2007 been the European Day against the Death Penalty. As someone who has always been passionately opposed to the death penalty, I regret that it continues to be practised in one European country, Belarus. The death penalty is nothing short of judicial murder and more suited to medieval despots than modern democracies.
The death penalty is also, of course, still used in the United States. I, for one, would like to appeal to every country still applying the death penalty to abolish it or establish, pending its abolition, a moratorium on executions and death sentences. The absence of the death penalty is, of course, one of the criteria for joining the European Union.