Sumario: 26 July 2007, Brussels - The European Union warmly welcomes the formal abolition of the death penalty in Rwanda on 25 July 2007. We congratulate the Rwandan government and Rwanda people on this important decision.
The Rwandan decision constitutes a fundamental advance in the promotion of human rights and a solid commitment to ensure justice and reconciliation in Rwanda 13 years after the genocide while rejecting violence in all its forms.
Members of the European Union consider that the abolition of capital punishment contributes to the enhancement of human dignity. The European Union reaffirms its objective of working towards universal abolition of the death penalty. It believes that abolition by Rwanda is an important step towards that aim and hopes that this decision will encourage other countries in the region to follow suit.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process