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General rapporteur condemns executions in Japan

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), has strongly condemned the execution of two men – Masakatsu Nishikawa and Koichi Sumida – in Japan on 6 July 2017.

"I am shocked that Japan, an observer State with the Council of Europe, continues to apply the death penalty. It is all the more deplorable that those sentenced to death are warned only a few hours before their execution and their families and lawyers are notified only after the event. Moreover, Masakatsu Nishikawa was executed despite the fact that he was seeking a retrial", said the rapporteur.

"The majority of the world’s states have turned away from the death penalty, which is in all circumstances a cruel and inhuman punishment. I strongly call on Japan to go in the same direction and to abolish capital punishment," he concluded.