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World and European Day against the Death Penalty – Slovenia calls for the complete abolition of capital punishment

Ljubljana, 10 October 2018 – Today, we are marking the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. As a staunch supporter of the abolition of the death penalty for all crimes, Slovenia calls on all countries that still practice it to abolish the death penalty.

 

The focus of this year’s World Day is on raising awareness of the inhumane living conditions of people sentenced to death. According to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), death-row prisoners should be granted the same human rights and treatment as other prisoners, which is often not the case. The conditions of detention of people sentenced to death differ from one country to another, from overcrowded prisons, solitary confinement, to limited contact with lawyers and family. It is regrettable that the death penalty is often inflicted on members of the most vulnerable groups and on poor people who financially cannot ensure appropriate or effective legal protection in judicial proceedings.

 

The global abolition of the death penalty is important both in order to protect human dignity and to avoid the irreparable damage it causes, particularly in light of the fact that no judicial system is flawless. The death penalty is inhumane, cruel, degrading, and a final form of punishment, which also constitutes a violation of human rights of those convicted and their family members.

 

Slovenia welcomes the enhanced efforts to end the death penalty, and strongly supports all UN resolutions aimed at establishing a moratorium on capital punishment or at abolishing it. Slovenia urges all countries that have not yet ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is aimed at abolishing the death penalty, to do so as soon as possible.