On March 1 and 2, HE Mrs Anne Eastwood, Ambassador of Monaco to Italy took part in Rome at the 13th International Congress of Ministers of Justice for a world without the death penalty, organised by the Community of Sant’ Egidio.

This event, supported this year by the Prince’s Government, the Confederation of Switzerland and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to bring together Ministers of Justice from different regions of the world in order to discuss the issue of the death penalty and, through the sharing of experiences, to convince and to support countries towards abolition in law or in practice.

HE Mrs Anne Eastwood recalled the commitment of the Principality on this essential aspect of the defence of human rights, Monaco was, in 1962, the 10th country in the world to completely abolish the death penalty. She underlined the progress made since then at the international level, since almost 75 percent of States have now eliminated this penalty from their legal system or do not apply it in fact.

After welcoming the growing support for the resolution of the United Nations calling for a global moratorium on the use of the death penalty, she insisted on the importance of initiatives led by civil society, such as this Congress or the World Congress on the Death Penalty held in Berlin last November, to achieve the ultimate goal of universal abolition.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service

HE Mrs Anne Eastwood addresses the conference