This year’s World Day focuses on the inhumanity of the death penalty as a cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment. The dreadful conditions on death row inflict extreme psychological suffering and execution is a physical and mental assault.
Death row inmates around the world there are held in appalling conditions: the cells are not suitable for a human being; the dietary regime is inadequate; and access to medical care is difficult.
Not only are inmates placed in physical cruel and unusual circumstances, but their mind is also greatly affected by their situation, with many death row inmates suffering from mental illness and mental disabilities as a result of their death sentence.
Executions, regardless of the method used, are cruel and inhumane. They can and do go wrong in many cases.
To know more about the death penalty...
all over the world: read the Facts and figures about the death penalty in 2010
as a cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment: read the International Jurisprudence Factsheet
On 10 October 2011, take action against the death penalty!
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