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[Declaration] San Francisco hosts World Coalition against the Death Penalty AGM

June 2010

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For the first time, a major international abolitionist event will take place on US soil on June 12 when World Coalition members converge on California for their general meeting and a public conference.

The World Coalition’s AGM will take place at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California at the invitation of member organization Death Penalty Focus. On June 12, the public is invited to take part in debates on key issues surrounding capital punishment in America and to prepare for the 2010 World Day Against the Death Penalty, which will focus on the US.

Two plenary sessions and four thematic debates will give participants a chance to discover or further explore the fields in which the battle against the death penalty is being fought in the US, from racial discrimination in its administration to the execution of innocents and the opinion of crime victims and law enforcement professionals.

World Day and "Cities for Life" launch

The rest of the world will not be overlooked with the launch of the autumn’s two global abolitionist events – World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10 and “Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty” on November 30.

Spain’s ambassador against capital punishment, Rafael Valle Garagorri, is also expected to present his government’s initiative to create an International Commission on the Death Penalty.

On June 13, World Coalition members will stay on to hold their statutory general meeting and receive training on a range of issues including international law, internet campaigning, activism in China and fundraising.

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