FIDH opposes the death penalty
FIDH opposes the death penalty for all crimes and in all circumstances and works with its member organisations for its global abolition.
The death penalty constitutes an inhuman treatment. FIDH has further documented that the death penalty is commonly pronounced after unfair trials, and its application is often discriminatory. FIDH recalled that the so called preventive effect of the death penalty has never been proved.
The last resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty, adopted by 109 States on 21 December 2010 confirm the growing international momentum towards the abolition. Today, more than two thirds of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
Consequently, FIDH calls for : the abolition of the death penalty for all crimes ; a moratorium on executions ; the universal ratification of treaties providing for abolition, including the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights