“A world without the death penalty”: San Marino at the international congress of the Community of Sant'Egidio

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, is in Rome today to attend the 10th International Congress of Ministers of Justice, "A world without the death penalty", organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Confederation. Renzi was accompanied by Daniela Rotondaro, Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to Italy, and Michele Andreini, Personal Secretary.

This event is part of the initiatives the Community of Sant'Egidio organizes every year to campaign for a universal moratorium on capital punishment. In addition to today’s congress, next 30 November “Cities for life” will take place: an annual, worldwide event in which the participating cities host initiatives against death penalty and illuminate a symbolic monument to say "NO” to such inhumane practice. Also San Marino will illuminate its Government Building, to confirm its support for the abolition of the death penalty.

Before taking the floor in the Chamber of Deputies, Minister Renzi was received by Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, together with the heads of delegations and Mario Marazziti, President of the Social Affairs Commission in Italy.
In his speech, Minister Renzi recalled the active cooperation between San Marino and the Community of Sant'Egidio, and in particular the support for the abolition of death penalty. Indeed - he said - "San Marino is proud of its early decision to abolish the death penalty and, today, it seizes this opportunity to bring, as it does in all international fora, the example of a Country, the ancient Republic of San Marino, which was among the first in the world to abolish the death penalty."

Minister Renzi also highlighted the most important milestones of the history of the Republic on this issue: "In 1865 San Marino permanently abolished the death penalty by introducing the new Criminal Code. Since then, it has always made its voice heard on this issue in the international arena. In order to support the mobilization against this practice, the Republic has implemented the major multilateral instruments adopted in this respect and has offered its active contribution to the historic adoption, in 2007, of the resolution of UN General Assembly calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. The Country still continues to support and promote every initiative aimed at achieving an effective universal moratorium.

The Minister also mentioned the current increase of the practice of death penalty with regard to terrorism: "We are witnessing that opposition to death penalty is sadly declining, in particular in the wake of terrorist attacks that lead to feelings of hatred and to the desire for unjustified revenge, which is a serious symptom of the gradual degeneration of civil cohabitation.

Finally, the Minister called for further supporting the global mobilization: "We are gathered here today to forge ever stronger alliances with those who fight the battle for life and work to create a world without death penalty".

The Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, also took the floor at the congress. At the end of the event, the delegations were invited by Minister Renzi to a working lunch. During this occasion, the Minister described the progress made by the Republic within international organizations on the topic of the day, as well as on the full protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Before the toast, Renzi addressed the Ministers of Justice convened to stress the profound significance of this initiative and the need to “raise the awareness of our Countries on the importance of a society without death penalty”.

San Marino, 28 November 2017


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