Foreign Minister: Death Penalty Does Not Belong in Our Century ({{commentsTotal}})

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The foreign ministers of the Council of Europe, Estonia's alongside them, released a joint declaration today calling for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

Over the last 20 years, the number of countries in the world that use the death penalty has been cut by nearly half, to 50. In Europe, Belarus is the only country that still has the death penalty, with around 2-5 sentences carried out each year.

“The death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for our century,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said in a press release, adding that capital punishment is not an efficient measure for curbing crime.

“Positive developments have inspired the continuation of joint efforts to abolish the death penalty,” Paet said.