Germany calls on the United States to abolish the death penalty

Germany calls on the United States to abolish the death penalty

Germany calls on the U.S. to abolish the death penalty, ombudsman to the German government, Barbelle Koffler, said.

According to her, it contradicts the global trends. “The German government rejects the death penalty as a cruel and inhuman form of punishment in all circumstances <…> The death penalty means that wrong judgments cannot be corrected,” Coufler said.

The ombudsman noted that Germany and its European Union partners have been campaigning intensively for the abolition of the death penalty around the world for many years. She added that this punishment is not a deterrent.

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the use of the death penalty. Since then, more than 1,500 U.S. prisoners have been sentenced to death in U.S. prisons, but only three of them are federal offenders, the rest are local. Federal prisons hold about 60 people sentenced to capital punishment.