1111th meeting – 6-7 April 2011

Item 4.2

Abolition of the death penalty in all member states of the Council of Europe
(CM/Del/Dec(2001)769/4.4, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1097/4.3 and DD(2011)223)


The Deputies

1. reiterated their strong and urgent call on the Russian Federation, as the only member state which has not yet abolished the death penalty, to take without delay all the necessary steps to transform the existing moratorium on executions into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6;

2. took note of the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect;

3. took note of the information provided by Latvia and Poland on measures taken regarding the signature and/or ratification of Protocol No. 13 and regretted that the other countries concerned had not yet responded to their invitation to provide further information on measures taken to this effect;

4. encouraged those states which have not yet signed or ratified Protocol No. 13 to do so rapidly;

5. welcomed the adoption of a new United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, and encouraged those Council of Europe member states which have not yet ratified or acceded to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, to do so rapidly;

6. agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than October 2011, in the light of additional information to be provided on Protocol No. 6 by the Russian Federation and on Protocol No. 13 by those countries which have not yet signed or ratified this Protocol by mid-September 2011.


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