On 10 October 2008, World Day Against the Death Penalty, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty calls on all citizens around the world to take action to end executions in Asia.
Responding to the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty’s appeal, citizens, national and international institutions and NGOs rally together every year on 10 October to oppose the use of the death penalty and to recall that its abolition is a universal struggle.
This year, they have decided to turn their eyes on Asia. According to Amnesty International, at least 664 executions have been reported in Asia in 2007. The real figures are believed to be much higher. A recent study by Franklin Zimring and David Johnson estimates that 85 to 95% of the world’s executions take place in Asia.
A growing number of countries in the region, however, have committed to the abolition of the death penalty. This Sixth World Day is an opportunity to publicly oppose the use of this inhuman, cruel and degrading punishment and to support those in the Asian region who are fighting for its abolition.
Call for initiatives
Since the creation of the World Day in 2003, hundreds of initiatives including debates, concerts, press conferences, demonstrations, petitions, and educational and cultural activities, have been organised in more than 70 countries across five continents.
On 10 October 2008, take action against the death penalty!
Join the hundreds of initiatives worldwide
Wherever you are
In Africa, America, Asia, Oceania or Europe
Whoever you are
NGOS, teachers, lawyers, local representatives, parliamentarians, artists, reporters, religious leaders, citizens
Whatever your plans are
Debates, concerts, press conferences, demonstrations, petitions, educational and cultural activities...