DEATH PENALTY. THE RADICALS ON THE MORATORIUM
|The Easter March for the Moratorium
April 19, 2007: The radical organisations Hands Off Cain, the Italian Radicals, the Transnational Radical Party and the Coscioni Association have released the following statement: âWith the indefinite hunger strike of Marco Panella, Sergio DâElia, Valter Vecellio, Guido Biancardi, Claudia Sterzi and Lucio BertĂ¨ today reaching its third day, we ask the Italian Government to fulfil its commitment to present a resolution for the universal moratorium to the current United Nations General Assembly. The resolution is supported not only by Italy and European countries, but by representatives of all continents that share our objective. It is, in fact, absolutely essential that isnât seen as an initiative only of the EU. We gratefully acknowledge the politically open and institutionally correct way State Secretary Stefano Boco intervened today in the Italian Parliament on behalf of the Government. On the matter of the UN Moratorium on Capital Punishment, the Government has acted in an unusual and unconstitutional way towards the Parliament. Intervening in the general debate on the abolition of the death penalty in the Italian Constitution, Boco said two important things. Firstly, the Government must âput in practice and not interpret Parliamentâs decisions,â which are clearly and unanimously aimed at presenting the resolution on the moratorium to the current UN General Assembly. Secondly, the Italian Government isnât absolutely obliged to gain a âEuropean consensus,â instead it must be the âdriving forceâ of the initiative to the UN General Assembly.
Government sources talk about âEU consensus,â but this is a different concept to the âconsultation with other member countriesâ that the Italian Parliament has prescribed. This is also in relation to the forthcoming meeting of the EU General Affairs Councilâs on April 23. It had already been stressed in Parliament that the Council would have been a mere CONSULTATION. Requiring a âEuropean consensusâ would prevent the initiative from becoming universal, and makes it sound at the very least Eurocentric, if not completely old fashioned and neo-colonialistic.â
Yesterday, the UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon confirmed his support for the âItalian Governmentâs initiative to present the proposal to the UN General Assembly so that a global moratorium on the death penalty can be reached.â He urged Italy to reinforce and increase its consultations with other UN member countries to reach the necessary level of support.
(Sources: Radicali.it, 19/04/2007)