Who’s Against being Against the Death Penalty?

A short bleg for everybody.

The German Justice Minister, Brigitte Zypries, announced yesterday that Germany supports the efforts to create a European Day Against the Death Penalty.  The Council of Europe has decided to proclaim October 10 to the European Day Against the Death Penalty. 

However, according to Zypries’ press announcement, the effort to get the day formally adopted by the entire European Union as a whole have failed "because of the opposition of a single State."

Does anyone happen to know which country this is and why they’re opposing the official adoption of the Day Against the Death Penalty?  Thanks in advance for any help.

12 thoughts on “Who’s Against being Against the Death Penalty?

  1. Blaming it on the Kaczynski-brothers doesn’t cut it – they didn’t get elected for nothing, presumably – Radio Maria and depressing poll results for homophobia or anti-Semitism in Eastern countries come to mind. Even more depressing ones than for Western societies, that is.

    Unrelated: This blog got visited by a spam robot programme astoundingly sharp what semantics are referred (spambot for the tech savvies). Check the recent comments entries for online casino – not bad for mere bits & bytes.

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  2. Well, the polish twins didn’t really fight for the death penalty. They just wanted the movement to be linked to an anti-abortionist stance. Which makes sense for them… but not for “progressive” people, who accept the “murder” of unborn children while opposing the murder of murderers themselves. Or so they say. Well, I am a “progressive” in that sense of the word, but still understand their (IMO: wrong!) position.

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  3. @Karsten:

    Well, the polish twins didn’t really fight for the death penalty. They just wanted the movement to be linked to an anti-abortionist stance. Which makes sense for them… but not for “progressive” people, who accept the “murder” of unborn children while opposing the murder of murderers themselves. Or so they say. Well, I am a “progressive” in that sense of the word, but still understand their (IMO: wrong!) position.

    That’s good to hear, because I’m not progressive in that sense but still don’t understand their position. They want the day linked to an anti-abortionist and an anti-euthanasia stance, right. But even if you agree with them that these three topics all deal with the value of human life – which I do – that’s still a very vague connection. In truth they’re completely different questions that have virtually nothing to do with each other. In essence the Polish say: “We won’t let you have your day on an uncontroversial issue as long as you don’t join our side in two controversial issues that are at best very remotely related.” Of course the stupid day is a wholly irrelevant matter altogether, but that makes it all the pettier that they decided to be pricks about it.

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  4. The polish twins didn’t really fight for the death penalty? That’s not so certain, at least president Lech Kaczynski and other members of his catholic party League of Polish Families have repeatedly stated that they are in favour of the death penalty, “in particular” for pedophiles. They have even started a collection of signatures on reintroducing the death penalty “for pedophiles and murderers” (one feels tempted to ask “and for who else?”). There’s more to come from them, as they are about to be re-elected.

    Should they decide to carry out their threat – apparently with the support of 60% of the Polish people – it would mean the exclusion not only from the EU but also from the Council of Europe.

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  5. @Norbert:
    I fear that your facts are a bit off-track. The Kaczynski brothers lead a party called “PiS”, which means “Law and Justice”. The League of Polish Families is a far more right-wing-oriented pary led by Roman Giertych, and was responsible for the breakup of the last polish coalition.
    The Kaczynskis have made clear that they, personally, see the death penalty as a viable and just option, but that they don’t see any way to reintroduce it under the current circumstances. The LPF and “Samoobrona”, the other coalition partner, don’t think in such a complicated way, and collected signatures.
    I guess Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski are a tad too smart to really try their hand in a discussion on such a dangerous topic. They just try to use it as a lever when it comes to other political plans.

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