Conference marking the first European Day against the death penalty, with the participation of José Manuel Barroso

Type: News   Reference: I-055190   Duration: 10:27:31  Lieu:
End production: 09/10/2007   First transmission: 09/10/2007
The Conference «Europe against Death Penalty,» was held in Lisbon on 9 October 2007. It was a co-organization from the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, in the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. With this initiative, Europe intends to take another important step in the global eradication of such practice, increasing the ethical and defence of Human Rights standards to much more demanding levels, also raising awareness within the International Community for the adoption of the same democratic and abolitionary attitude. From now on, the Council of Europe proclaims the 10th of October as the European day against Death Penalty, and also as a world symbol for the celebration of human life, justice, the ability to regenerate the human beings and the democratic values. The path towards the eradication of death penalty has been long and slow. Nevertheless, there are gradually more signs of an increasing consensus at a global level that such practice is inadequate to Democratic States based on the rule of law that defends the people's freedoms, rights and safeguards. This is the path that the European Union and the Council of Europe, in collaboration with the European Parliament, intend to draw, a path that leads to the world abolition and eradication of death penalty, through a universal moratorium.

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10:24:32 Title 00:00:04
10:24:37 Exterior view of the cultural centre of Belém (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:24:52 Arrival of Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security 00:00:13
10:25:05 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:10
10:25:15 General view of the auditorium 00:00:03
10:25:18 José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister, (in PORTUGUESE) saying that crime can not be prevented or fought with State's revenge, but with justice 00:00:10
10:25:28 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:25:32 José Sócrates (in PORTUGUESE) saying that there is a symbolic mark that he would like to stress: that of the dedication that Europe showed to this cause, which is part of a long European tradition in the defence of human rights 00:00:15
10:25:47 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:25:50 José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that Europe fully opposes to the application of capital punishment, in whichever circumstances that may be, and appeals to the universal abolition of this type of punishment; more than an emotional matter, for the European Union it is about a legal condition and a principle that has to grant us unity 00:00:25
10:26:15 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:26:20 José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that our goal as Europeans is to discourage the death culture as a way to make justice in the world 00:00:09
10:26:29 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:26:33 Franco Frattini (in ENGLISH) saying that considerable progress has been made in recent years; a growing number of countries are abolishing the death penalty in practice or in law: in 2007, 143 countries have abolished the death penalty; this is a promising message 00:00:26
10:26:59 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:27:03 Franco Frattini (in ENGLISH) saying that he strongly hopes that an increasing number of States will be joining the proposal of resolution to the United Nation General Assembly, where the majority needed is rather close to be achieved, but not yet achieved 00:00:18
10:27:21 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:27:26 Franco Frattini (in ENGLISH) saying that killing human beings can never be an act of justice 00:00:05
10:27:31 Cutaways (3 shots) 00:00:16
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