France will use its upcoming presidency of the EU Council to launch a global campaign to abolish the death penalty, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.
In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France, Macron said that Paris would host a summit in 2022 to push for an end to the death penalty worldwide.
“As part of the French presidency of the European Union, we will organize … a meeting in Paris at the highest level, bringing together civil societies from countries that still apply the death penalty … to convince their leaders of the importance and urgency to abolish it “.
France, which assumes command of the rotating presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2022, is also prepared to work with other EU capitals on a United Nations resolution requiring countries to report annually on the death penalty figures, Macron said.
The French president noted that 106 countries have completely abolished the death penalty so far, but that 33 political regimes carried out 483 executions in 2020, noting that the figure was “certainly an underestimated figure.”
The death penalty continues in the United States, China and India.