H.E. Lorenzo Ravano, Monaco’s Ambassador to Germany, took part in the 8th World Congress against the Death Penalty, held from 15 to 18 November 2022 in Berlin and organised by the French NGO Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM, “Together against the Death Penalty”).
The event, which has taken place every three years since 2001, provided an opportunity to review developments in the abolitionist cause since the Brussels Congress in 2019, and to establish the outlines of a policy for progressing it.
Another aim of this eighth congress was to give a more important voice to young people, and particularly young abolitionist leaders, with a view to offering long-term support for their actions, and also to involve less conventional partners, such as the private sector, the sporting world and the LGBTIQ+ movement.
The congress brought together more than 1,500 participants from 128 countries. The opening ceremony featured a speech by Annalena Baerbock, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Currently, 141 States have abolished the death penalty in their national legislation or no longer use it, but 52 States continue to employ this practice.
The Principality of Monaco supports the universal abolition of the death penalty as part of its commitment to promoting human rights, the rule of law and basic freedoms. 2022 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in Monaco by the Constitution of 17 December 1962.