Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Guatemala high court decision on death penalty


October 28, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the decision by Guatemala’s highest court to find the application of the death penalty in civilian cases to be unconstitutional. We hope this important step leads to the full abolition of executions in all circumstances.

“This form of punishment is ineffective as a deterrent and incompatible with human rights and human dignity. We urge all countries that still use the death penalty to stop.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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