Council of Europe warns Turkey against death penalty19/04/17Government
Following the European Commission’s call for compliance yesterday (19 April), the Council of Europe has also responded to the political developments in Turkey.
Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said: “President Erdoğan is reported to be considering a referendum on the issue of bringing back the death penalty in Turkey.
“I would like to recall that no executions are currently carried out in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Rejection of capital punishment is a basic principle of our organization.”
Cruchten added: “PACE has helped turn Europe into a death penalty free continent by making a moratorium on executions and a commitment to abolition a condition for accession. The assembly will not accept any backsliding on this. President Erdoğan should be under no illusion: reintroducing the death penalty would be simply incompatible with Turkey’s continued membership of the Council of Europe.”
Abolition of the death penalty is a prerequisite to membership of the Council of Europe.