France will use its upcoming EU presidency to launch a global campaign to abolish the death penalty, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.
In a speech on the occasion of the 40.
“As part of the French EU Presidency, we will … organize a high-level meeting in Paris to bring together civil societies from countries that still use the death penalty … to convince their leaders about the importance and urgency of abolishing it.”
France, which will take the helm of the rotating EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022, will also work with other EU capitals on a United Nations resolution that obliges countries to report death penalty numbers annually, Macron said.
The French President noted that 106 nations have completely abolished the death penalty so far, but that 483 executions were carried out by 33 political regimes in 2020, noting that the number was “certainly underestimated”.
The death penalty still applies in the United States, as well as in China and India.