News from Oct 10, 2017
"On October 10 is the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty, which aims to raise awareness about the reasons why people living in poverty are at a greater risk of being sentenced to death and executed.
The death penalty is used discriminatorily, often against the most vulnerable people and should be abolished. The application of the death penalty is inextricably linked to poverty. Social and economic inequalities affect access to justice for those who are sentenced to death for a number of reasons, including that defendants may lack resources (social and economic but also political power) to defend themselves and will in some cases be discriminated against because of their social status.
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which is organizing tomorrow's efforts, asked allies to sign a letter in support of ending the death penalty. CCR went a step further: we drafted a letter to Trump and are asking for your signatures. We plan to send the letter to him this fall.
CCR has a history of urging the U.S. government to end the death penalty. In 2013, CCR and the International Federation for Human Rights issued a report on death penalty findings that concluded that use of the death penalty in both states violates human rights, from the fundamental human rights violation represented by the death penalty itself to the way it is implemented, which constitutes torture and discrimination."