Disinfo: The EU condemns death penalty in Belarus but does not do so in relation to the US or Japan


Speaking of the death penalty, the European community which bothers Belarus and Russia, should mind its own business. Only absolute idiots can abolish the death penalty. In Russian, a moratorium on death penalty was introduced by Yeltsin in 1996 and it is not clear for how long the population will tolerate this outrage. At the same time, the EU does not make claims against the U.S. or Japan which keep the death penalty.


The EU position is unambiguous. The statement that EU remains silent on death penalties in the U.S. or Japan. The EU is equally vocal concerning capital punishment in the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere.

One of the latest examples is the Local EU Statement on the death penalty in the United States and Belarus, which was delivered in September 2019 during the Council of Europe's Meeting of the Committee of Ministers. There is a whole EU-led Action on US Death Row Cases which contains EU letters to US Governors concerning plans to execute individuals.

In July 2018 the European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of the EU Member States and the Heads of Mission of Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, issued a joint local statement on executions in Japan where the Japanese government is called to adopt a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing this punishment. In its relations with Japan, the European Parliament is guided by its 2012 resolution on the death penalty in Japan.

The European Union is the leading institutional actor and largest donor in the fight against the death penalty worldwide, the European Commission Website says. The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty in all circumstances and for all cases, in accordance with the EU Strategic Framework and its related Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. The universal abolition of the death penalty is one of the key priorities of its Human Rights external policy. Read more about EU policy on the death penalty.


  • Reported in: Issue171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Japan, Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: EU, European values


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