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Of the 193 U.N. member states, only 36, or just under 20 percent, still apply the death penalty.It is time for Belarus to also cease executions and free all of Europe from the death penalty – forever.We note with concern, however, that some countries in the world are seriously discussing the reintroduction of the death penalty and that executions are being resumed in other countries after long-standing moratoriums. We call on all states to comply with their international obligations and respect the spirit of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which provides for a progressive abolition of the death penalty.Many people in this world still live in states where they face the threat of the death penalty. We are committed to ensuring that the dignity and human rights of each individual human being are protected, not only in our own countries, not just in Europe, but throughout the world. In our view, the death penalty is symbolic of the countless violations of human rights in today's world.
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