Statement of the Committee of Ministers
on the recent executions in Japan

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 April 2012
at the 1139th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers deplores the three executions which took place on 29 March 2012 in Japan, an observer State to the Council of Europe.

These executions go counter to the growing trend against the death penalty at the international level.

The Committee of Ministers reaffirms its unequivocal opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. It remains determined to continue its efforts for the global abolition of the death penalty. It calls on the Japanese authorities to put an end to this practice.


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