Launched in 2003 and held every year on October 10, World Day Against the Death Penalty strengthens the international fight against the death penalty with the goal of abolishing capital punishment worldwide. A specific theme is highlighted each year in order to draw attention to this grave human rights abuse.
The Advocates for Human Rights' Amy Bergquist chairs the working group for World Day for the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, headquartered in Paris, France. She is also a member of the Coalition's steering committee and a Vice President of the World Coalition.
2018 World Day Against the Death Penalty
The 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty aimed at raising awareness on the inhumane living conditions of people sentenced to death. At the same time as working in opposition to the death penalty, abolitionists are committed to see existing international human rights standards implemented. Treatment such as solitary confinement in the United States, to the overcrowded prisons in several countries in Africa and Asia, the living conditions for the people sentenced tend to dehumanize and take away the dignity of individuals. It also provided information on how many people are on death row worldwide and actions that can be made to help.
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty maintains that the conditions of detention affect not only the person sentenced to death but also the families, legal team, and ultimately all of us as a society. Prisons cannot be allowed to dehumanize individuals. According to the Coalition, it reflects, at least in part, a society that ignores their rights, as if, even before being executed, they were no longer alive, they were no longer considered as human beings.
2019 World Day Against the Death Penalty
The 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty will highlight the challenges facing children of people sentenced to death.
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