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[Press release] 10.10.10 – 8th World Day Against the Death Penalty: FIACAT supports the American movement for abolition!

October 2010

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10 october 2010

The 8th World Day against the death penalty – 10.10.10 – is dedicated to the United States of America. Like every year since 2003, on this special day, many NGOs, groups and associations worldwide are organizing initiatives to say NO TO THE DEATH PENALTY.

The various ACATs will be organizing training sessions, outreach programs and public debates and will be doing all that is possible to advocate the abolition of the death penalty. In this way the FIACAT network marks its support of the abolitionist movement in the United States.

To mark this day, FIACAT – a member of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty’s Steering Committee – and the whole ACAT network reiterate their opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. Indeed, the death penalty is irrevocable, inefficient, non-deterrent, discriminatory and constitutes a cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Furthermore, retaining the death penalty does not keep society safe.

The death penalty is applied in violation of international Human Rights standards and is in complete contradiction with trend towards universal abolition recognized by two votes at the UN General Assembly in 2007 and 2008. On October 10th, 2010, FIACAT’s member associations will hold discussions to raise awareness on the importance of abolishing the death penalty.

Nowadays, 139 countries are abolitionist in law or practice and only 18 of the 58 retentionist countries actually carry out executions; each year, the world is taking another step towards universal abolition.

- FIACAT: Guillaume Colin – g.colin@fiacat.org - +33 (0)1 42 80 01 60

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