The 9th World Day against the Death Penalty will focus on the inhumanity of the death penalty.
By encouraging debates and education on the death penalty, abolitionists worldwide, including members of FIACAT’s network whose mandate is to fight for the abolition of torture and of the death penalty, would like every citizen to understand that there is no human way to kill. According to FIACAT, the death penalty constitutes a violation to the “right to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.
All around the world, death row prisoners are kept in conditions falling below international human rights standards. These dreadful conditions inflict extreme psychological suffering and execution is a physical and mental assault.
Methods of execution may also violate the absolute ban on torture. Thus, stoning was considered “particularly cruel or inhuman” by the UN Human Rights Committee, and the lethal injection, sometimes referred to as the most humane method, has caused physical pain equivalent to cruel and inhumane treatment.
By 2010, 139 countries in the world had abolished the death penalty in law or in practice; 23 of the 58 retentionist states still executed people. On the 10 October, World Day against the Death Penalty, FIACAT, as a member of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, calls on all Governments which retain the death penalty to establish a moratorium on its use, with a view to abolishing this inhumane practice altogether!
Guillaume Colin – firstname.lastname@example.org – +33 (0)1 42 80 01 60