The Delegation of the European Union to Japan, in cooperation with the EU Institute in Japan at Waseda University, will organise a half-day international symposium titled ‘Towards Death Penalty Abolition: European Experience and Asian Perspectives’ on 18 April 2012.
The symposium aims to promote constructive public debate in Japan on capital punishment, with the participation of leading authorities and academics from Europe, Asia and the United States who will share their knowledge and experience in such areas as international trends toward abolition, crime victim support and the criminal justice system.
Japan will make its own decisions about the future of the death penalty. In organising the symposium, the EU is responding to a number of requests from professionals, civil society organisation and political figures to share Europe’s own experiences in achieving abolition, and thereby to contribute the ongoing public debate on the issue in Japan. The upcoming symposium will also add an international dimension to the discussion through the participation of representatives from other Asian countries as well as the United States.
Keynote speakers include former Japanese Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka; International Commission Against the Death Penalty Commissioner Mohammed Bedjaoui; and Sosormaa Chuluunbaatar, Mongolia’s Presidential Advisor on Human Rights and Civil Participation.
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