EP hosts World Congress Against Death Penalty

Kuwait's ambasador to the EU, NATO and Belgium, Jasem Al Budaiwi, at the Congress in the EP.

European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini Wednesday called for the abolition of the death penalty in the world.

Speaking at the opening session of the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in the European Parliament (EP) here today, she said “last year gives us hope towards the abolition of the death penalty.

“In January 2018, Gambia’s President (Adama Barrow) declared a moratorium. In May last year, Burkina Faso abolished death penalty in law. In June last year, Benin scraped death penalty from the penal code, and the Palestinian Authority acceded to the UN protocol against death penalty,” she said.

“Last but not least, in December, the UN Resolution calling for the universal moratorium on executions was voted by the largest ever majority of countries,” noted Mogherini. Kuwait’s participation at the Congress was led by Jassem Albudaiwi, ambassador to the EU, NATO and Belgium. The four­-day Congress brings together more than 1,000 stakeholders from over 140 countries, said an EP press release.