Swiss govt wants to end death penalty everywhere

A Foreign Ministry statement Thursday says Switzerland firmly opposes the death penalty "in any and all circumstances" anywhere on the planet.

FILE - This November 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government has reaffirmed its commitment toward seeking the abolition of the death penalty "throughout the world."

A Foreign Ministry statement Thursday says Switzerland firmly opposes the death penalty "in any and all circumstances" anywhere on the planet.

The statement came in response to Hamas authorities hanging three Palestinians on Tuesday who were convicted of murder in different cases, the sixth such executions in the Gaza Strip this year.

Switzerland called for a moratorium on capital punishment in the Gaza Strip, calling the death penalty "a violation of the most fundamental of human rights."

Switzerland outlawed capital punishment for civilians in 1942 and for the Swiss military in 1992. The country also belongs to the Council of Europe, which opposes the death penalty.

Associated Press
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