EU Statement on the death penalty in the US State of Texas

1433rd meeting of the Committee of Ministers on 4 May 2022


  1. The European Union deeply regrets the execution of Carl Buntion, carried out by the US State of Texas on April 21 of 2022.  
  2. Mr Buntion was sentenced to death in 1991, and at 78 years old was the eldest detainee on the death row in the State of Texas.
  3. At the same time, the EU welcomes the decision of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on 25 April to grant a stay of execution for Melissa Lucio, halting the execution scheduled for 27 April, and sending her case back to the trial court to review new evidence.
  4. The EU again reaffirms its strong opposition to the use of the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment.
  5. The EU continues to note the slow but steady decrease in the number of executions at the US State level, and the increasing number of US States that have abolished the death penalty. In accordance with our long-standing campaign against the death penalty, we reiterate our call on those States of the USA that have not yet done so to establish a moratorium on executions, as a first step towards complete abolition. We strongly hope that the moratorium on federal executions, introduced in July 2021, pending a review of the Justice Department policies and procedures, will pave the way for a nationwide abolition.  
  6. Guided by our shared values and principles, we will continue to address persisting concerns in this field as part of our coordinated efforts in achieving our common goal: the universal abolition of the death penalty.

The following countries align with this statement: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Norway, San Marino, Serbia and Ukraine