Give a dog a bad name and hang him! The death penalty is not used to protect society from repeat offender child-molesting monsters. Death row is mainly occupied by people whose lives were considered to be worthless in the eyes of their judges because of poverty, discrimination or political machinations.
Opposing the death penalty means saying no to State murders, no to torture. It means retaining our humanity and our dignity in the face of barbarity!
20,000 people are rotting on death row and more than 1,600 were executed in 20151. These figures do not include death sentences in North Korea or China, about which we do not have sufficient information. However, it is considered that 5,000 people are executed every year just in the People’s Republic of China.
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consecrated by Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
A punishment which forbids any hope is, in reality, a torture. Prisoners sentenced to death live in constant fear of being killed and this perpetual terror often lasts 20 or 30 years. For all those years they are often held in isolation, live in extreme deprivation and are tortured in a number of countries.
In 2016 Tommy Arthur, sentenced to death in Alabama, saw his execution date pushed back at the last minute for the seventh time in 15 years. He has therefore experienced his last night seven times, has said goodbye to his family seven times and has experienced the terror of his imminent execution seven times.
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The fight for universal abolition is in motion, but many obstacles remain. To face them, ECPM works closely with various institutions, from schools to major international bodies.
The money received through donations to ECPM is used to run our organisation. It allows us to hire professionals whose job is to train, plead and unite people around the value of justice that is the abolition of the death penalty. This money allows us to organise free training courses in schools, focusing on human rights and the death penalty; it also allows us to create educational tools which are then put at teachers’ disposal. Furthermore, it helps us to lead support campaigns, like the one we implemented around Serge Atlaoui. Finally, it will make it easier for us to organise fact-finding missions and to publish their results, such as our annual report on the death penalty in Iran.
Donating to ECPM is a way of helping us to promote the choice of a society based on non-violence. It’s demanding abolition, now!
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In the case where the funds collected exceed our needs, ECPM may allocate them to missions which it judges to be a priority and which have the same finality.