A world without the death penalty, a struggle for humanity: The 9th Congress of the Ministers of Justice

IX_congresso_ministri_giustizia_sant_egidio_feb_2016_1At the International Congress promoted by Sant’Egidio the Ministers from 30 countries discuss ways to the end of all capital punishment. In the afternoon there will be a meeting with the Italian President of the Republic Mattarella

The 9th International Congress of the Ministers of Justice from 30 countries, promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, was held today in the Chamber of the Deputies of the Italian Parliament in Rome. Representatives of abolitionist and retentionist countries discussed the possible roads towards the abolition of the death penalty, a road the Marco Impagliazzo, who presieded the two sessions of the meeting, described as “the struggle for humanity”

In the afternoon the delegation of the Ministers, led by the President of Sant’Egidio Marco Impagliazzo, met at the Palace of Quirinale the Italian President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, who underlined “the commitment to spread the opposition against the death penalty throughout the world.” 

Additional Texts and Links

Photgallery of the Congress

European Commission Jean-Louis Ville: Europe is Against the Death Penalty

Minister Vathana Cambodia: Cambodia as a model of Asian country without the death penalty

Statement by Minister J. Kamara on the death penalty in Sierra Leone

Vice President Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe’s steps toward the abolition of the death penalty

Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice: Sri Lanka to protect the right to life, against the death penalty

Tanni Taher: the commitment of Sant’Egidio against the death penalty in Indonesia


The entire congress was also recorded and can be watched online. 

First Part of the Congress

Second Part of the Congress