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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.
All EU and Council of Europe member states have abolished the death penalty. Abolition in law or practice is a pre-condition of Council of Europe membership and the absolute ban on the death penalty in all circumstances is entrenched in both Protocols No 6 and No 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. We call on those European states that have not yet done so to ratify them.
We also reiterate our call to the authorities in Belarus, the only country on the European continent still using the death penalty, to introduce a moratorium as a decisive step towards aligning the country with pan-European standards.
The Portuguese Government welcomes the election of António Vitorino for Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was held today, in Geneva, at the Extraordinary Session of IOM's Council.
António Vitorino's candidature to this important position clearly reflects the importance that Portugal attaches to matters of migration and, significantly, to the need for global and effective solutions to current migration-related challenges. His election today is the recognition of his undisputed merit, personal skill and professional experience.