Poland's new government lifts veto on death penalty day

Poland's new government, elected in late October, on Friday lifted the country's veto on a European day against the death penalty, the presidency of the EU announced.

Poland's new government lifts veto on death penalty day
The move allowed European Union justice ministers meeting in Brussels to approve unanimously the date of October 10 as a joint day against capital punishment, the presidency, currently represented by Portugal, said.

The announcement was confirmed in Warsaw, where Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Cwiakalski told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily that his country no longer held any reservations against supporting such an initiative.

Twenty-six of the European Union's 27 member states had already approved the idea of a symbolic day against the death penalty as a way of calling international attention to the issue.

The abolition of capital punishment is a prerequisite for any country wanting to join the bloc.

Agencies

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