BERLIN (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 10, 2021) The World Congress Against the Death Penalty will be held next year in the German capital, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced.

“Although there is an international trend towards the suspension and abolition of the death penalty, more than 50 states still adhere to it, and a few are responsible for the vast majority of executions. Our goal is to finally get rid of this relic of the past, ”Maas said in a statement on Sunday on World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Germany strongly rejects the death penalty and that its human rights policy focuses on the abolition of the death penalty. The German Foreign Ministry claims to have an active policy against the death penalty, including in international forums such as the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

“… in the coming year we will bring together governments and civil society at the largest international forum on this topic in Berlin: the 8th World Congress Against the Death Penalty,” said Maas.

The summit will be held on November 16 next year, the German foreign ministry said on Sunday. According to the ministry, Belarus is the only country in Europe that still applies the death penalty, while the majority of death penalty cases took place in China and Iran last year.

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