Declaration of the Committee of Ministers
on the recent executions in Japan and the United States
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 March 2013
at the 1165th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
The Committee of Ministers deplores the executions which have recently taken place in Japan and in the United States of America, observer States to the Council of Europe.
These executions run counter to the growing trend against the death penalty at the international level as shown by the latest resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty adopted at the United Nations.
The Committee of Ministers reiterates its unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all places and in all circumstances. It remains determined to continue its efforts towards global abolition and calls again on the Japanese and American authorities to put an end to this inhumane practice.