Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council of Belgium’s resolution on capital punishment

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption today in Geneva by the Human Rights Council of a new Belgian resolution on capital punishment.

This joint initiative with Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Mongolia, Moldova and Switzerland was supported by some sixty countries from all five continents.

Belgium’s resolution focuses on the right to equality and non-discrimination. In the countries where capital punishment is still applied, most victims belong to minority groups or are vulnerable. The resolution further condemns the application of capital punishment as a penalty for specific forms of conduct such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and same-sex sexual relations. It also provides for a high-level panel discussion on the right to equality and non-discrimination during the March 2018 session of the Human Rights Council.

This initiative shows Belgium’s continued commitment to protecting and promoting Human Rights, with particular attention to the fight against capital punishment. In this context, our country will together with the European Union co-host the Seventh World Congress against Capital Punishment, in Brussels in February 2019.