H.E Kristian, addressed the rest of the guests by suing that the European Union (EU) holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty. “We are the only international actor to actively pursue abolition of the death penalty as a policy goal across the world,” he said. He added by saying that the EU is firmly convinced that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and society’s development. All EU Member States of the European Union have abolished the death penalty. Abolition is a clear precondition for accession to the European Union. He encouraged Ugandans to embrace this social progress. Not just out of mercy for the criminals, but because death penalty is wrong and “does not work”. It does not deter crime. It does not relieve the pain of the families of the victims. And in Pope Francis’ words: it is “unacceptable” to kill hope itself. After all, Uganda’s motto is “For God and My country”. He ended his speech wishing that Uganda will join the international trend and abolish the death penalty and the European Commission will support all organizations working towards this change.
After, one of the children whose father is in prison on death row gave a testimony and his plea to the government to abolish the death penalty by saying that when their fathers are imprisoned the children lose hope.
We thank Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (F.HR.I) for their continued support for children with parents in prison.