The Portuguese Ombudsman marks the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

With this brief message, the Portuguese Ombudsman, as the National Institution for Human Rights and defender of the fundamental rights of all the citizens marks the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, which is celebrated today.
In the year in which we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty for civilian crimes, it is important to recall the invaluable contribution of the national community to the global affirmation of a new culture based on the recognition of the inviolable dignity of the human being and, consequently in the total and unequivocal repudiation of the legitimacy of the penalties that offend this fundamental value.
The Portuguese Ombudsman is joining the initiatives aimed at celebrating this historic milestone of our community and, today, participates in the Colóquio Internacional Comemorativo da Abolição da Pena de Morte em Portugal, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra.