Declaration by High Representative Catherine Ashton on Behalf of the European Union on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in the U.S. State of Connecticut

Apr 26, 2012, 15:39 ET from Delegation of the European Union to the United States

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Union warmly welcomes the signing by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on April 25, 2012, of the legislation abolishing the death penalty in the State of Connecticut.

The European Union congratulates the Governor, the Senate and the House of Representatives on this historic decision, making Connecticut the 17th State in the United States to abandon capital punishment.

The European Union strongly hopes that this decision will encourage other U.S. States to follow suit in joining the growing national and worldwide movement towards the abolition of the use of capital punishment.

The European Union considers that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.

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SOURCE Delegation of the European Union to the United States



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