953rd meeting – 18 and 19 January 2006
Abolition of the death penalty in all member states of the Council of Europe
(CM/Del/Dec(2001)769/4.4, CM/Del/Dec(2005)924/4.2, 939/1.1 and 941/4.1)
1. strongly urged the Russian Federation, as the only member state which has not yet abolished the death penalty, to t ake 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 to the European Convention on Human Rights;
2. agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings in the light of information received from the Russian Federation, but no later than April 2006;
3. welcomed Monaco’s ratification of Protocol No. 13 to the Convention since their last exchange of views and encouraged those states which have not yet signed or ratified the Protocol to do so rapidly.