Minister calls for ‘world without death penalty’


Death Penalty Mournersoriginally by: Swissinfo.ch
published: 12 June 2013

[Swiss] Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has highlighted Switzerland’s commitment to the abolition of capital punishment at the opening of the Fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty in Madrid.

“Switzerland aims to ensure that those countries which have not as yet abolished the death penalty at least place a moratorium on its use,” he said in a statement released by the foreign ministry.

In it, he added that capital punishment was incompatible with the values represented by Switzerland and had an impact on the country’s other obligations such as the prohibition of discrimination.

The death penalty was abolished from Swiss federal criminal law in 1942, but remained available in military criminal law until 1992.

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