Argument: The European Union opposes the death penalty
- Debate: Death penalty - con argument.
Brian Cowen, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Politics, 4/22/2004. - "Ireland along with our EU partners considers that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights. This position is rooted in our belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings and the inviolability of the human person. The European Union favours the universal abolition of capital punishment, and we work towards this goal in our relations with third countries."