The Capital of Texas speaks shyly against the death penalty.
Austin, capital of Texas, the state where most of the USA executions occur, joins the initiative "cities for life", which puts together 1600 cities in the world to say no to the death penalty. For the first time under the City Town Hall a group of protesters of Pax Christi and other Catholic organizations. Militants read aloud the names of the 507 death row inmates killed since 1982 when the capital punishment was reintroduced. Obviously in Austin a public building could not be brightened, as it happens in Rome since 2002 with the beautiful lighting of the Colosseum thanks to the initiative of the Sant'Egidio Community, but we will go ahead working in order to help the Texans to be aware that there is an alternative to the capital punishment, and Texas will change mind as well. read all >
Large mobilization of the movement "cities for life!" Very many people for a world without the death penalty!
This year even more united and stronger, very many people, for a world without the death penalty! From the Colosseum crossing Philippines and Indonesia, flying over Europe and reaching Buenos Aires and Lima, West Hollywood and Boston, and then returning to Goma, Blantyre in Malawi and Butare, then to Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine. "Cities for Life" continues to be a worldwide movement, able to shake the conscience and make the necessary changes for a better world. No justice without life!
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Camera dei deputati: un incontro con Ministri della Giustizia dal titolo "Per una giustizia dal volto umano"
Giovedì 28 novembre, alle 16 si è svolto un incontro internazionale nella Sala del Mappamondo della Camera dei Deputati dal titolo “Per una giustizia dal volto umano”, che ha aperto le giornate "No Justice Without Life" promosse dalla Comunità di Sant'Egidio. L'incontro presieduto dal presidente del Comitato permanente della commissione per i Diritti Umani Mario Marazziti, ha messo a confronto deputati e senatori dell'Intergruppo parlamentare contro la pena di morte con i ministri della Giustizia di Tanzania, Mozambico, Gabon, Rwanda, Senegal, Uruguay, El Salvador, Filippine. Il Ministro della Giustizia della Tanzania Mathias Chikawe ha espresso ferma contrarietà alla pena di morte e ha raccontato di aver visitato recentemente i 175 condannati che si trovano nel braccio della morte. Essi attendono una riabilitazione e chiedono di poter tornare alle loro famiglie. In Tanzania non ci sono esecuzioni da 18 anni, così il numero dei condannati rischia di crescere. Un fenomeno questo preoccupante ed esteso. read all >
International Congress of Justice Ministers "For a world without the death penalty"
November 26, 2013. At 10 a.m. on Friday, November 29th at the Campidoglio (Capitol), Protomoteca Hall, the VIIII International Congress of Justice Ministers "For a world without the death penalty" will be hosted. The presence of so many justice ministers, from every part of the world, testifies how the death penalty is widely perceived as a tool anachronistic, inhuman, unjust. "The death penalty" stated Marco Impagliazzo, Sant'Egidio Community President, in his speech in November 2012 "responds to a desire for revenge, but there is a steady progress in the world to abolish the death penalty. The world is made up of many fears, but the world is not ruled by fear. Finally we do not have to forget the prison, a place of suffering and discrimination that day by day becomes more and more unbearable".
From Ukraina, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk join “Cities for Life”!
November 19, 2013. From Ukraina, Lviv e Ivano-Frankivsk join “Cities for Life”!
The commitment to justice and against the death penalty of “Cities for Life” will have its greatest visibility moment on November 30 when more than 1660 participating cities will organize public events against the death penalty !
For a new culture of life,
for a world without the death penalty !
The solidarity network of the Cities fighting against the death penalty
In the network "Cities for Life, Cities against the Death Penalty" there are Cebu City and other Philippines Cities that have long been engaged in the international campaign against the death penalty and that they were preparing, for this year as well, the World Day of Cities for Life, for November 30. As we all know the 8 November flood led to devastating consequences in some areas of the country and many towns and villages are in serious trouble. The Sant'Egidio Community has opened a channel of help and support to the affected people by which even the 1600 "Cities for Life" of the world will give a solidarity sign. Cities for Life thank you!
China: major reforms in the justice field
November 15 2013. In addition to the abolition of forced labour camps, what China calls "the system of re-education through labour", the party's central committee decided to reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty. The correction and punishment laws will be improved, in the sense of helping inmates to return to society. The country will also seek to prohibit the extortion of confessions by torture and physical abuse. Part of these changes will be entrusted to lawyers, in the "protection of the rights and interests of citizens and businesses, in line with the provisions of law" and their rights to practice will be protected.
New "cities for life" for 2013! A global mobilization for a world without the death penalty
November 4, 2013. The Sant'Egidio Community promotes an event that on November 30 of each year commemorates the first abolition of the death penalty by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1786. The hope is that, progressively more and more, many other cities join a battle of life, of progress, of humanity. Anyone can suggest the Mayors the participation in the World Day "Cities for Life - Cities against the Death Penalty". New cities for life from France, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mozambique.
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An initiative of Sant'Egidio and the EU in the Japanese Parliament. The Mario Marazziti's speech
31 october 2013. Appeal against the death penalty in the heart of the Japanese legislative. The conference took place in fact in the House of the Tokyo Representatives attended by parliamentarians, diplomats, lawyers, cultural figures, civil society representatives. Mario Marazziti reminded that the death penalty is not an identity issue in Japan, where it was abolished in 818 by the Emperor Saga, when in Europe, in the Middle Ages, it was normally practiced. It was reminded the great work of " Cities for Life ", the movement of the Sant'Egidio Community, which gathers more than 1600 cities around the world committed to the justice and against the capital punishment. The commitment of " Cities for Life " will have its moment of greatest visibility on November 30 when more than 1600 member cities will organize public events against the death penalty on the anniversary of the November 30, 1786 , first abolition of the death penalty in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Yemen: the death penalty for juveniles abolished
October 15, 2013. The representatives of the European Union and UNICEF have welcomed the Yemen's decision not to apply the death penalty against juveniles, in accordance with the international rules . The use of the death penalty for offenses committed by people under the age of 18 is prohibited by the international law on human rights.
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Bishops of Florida call for mercy for the condemned
October 11, 2013. Prior to the scheduled execution of William Frederick Happ, the Bishops of Florida call on Governor Rick Scott to demonstrate mercy and commute Mr. Happ's sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Happ is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke. The Church views all individuals, even those who have caused great harm, as possessing a human dignity that is sacred and instilled in us by God. A respect for all human life is recognized by those around the state who will gather prior to Mr. Happ's execution to pray for his victim, Angela Crowley, and all victims of violent crimes and their families, for persons on death row awaiting execution, and for the end of the use of the death penalty. read all >
Pakistan: civil society calls on the government to abolish the death penalty
To abolish the death penalty and to ensure a fair trial. This is what the civil society asks for to the new Pakistan
government who has made the important decision to renew the moratorium on executions. We report the news published by Vatican Radio online.
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The President of the Community of Sant'Egidio on the sad news from Texas, but the commitment to life does not end.
June 27th , 2013. “The execution by lethal injection of Kimberly McCarthy in the Prison of Huntsville, confirms the sad record of Texas with 500 capital executions”. It asserts the President of the Community of Sant'Egidio, prof. Marco Impagliazzo, adding that the news must "produce an increase in the efforts to move further steps towards a moratorium on executions in the world". "Signs of hope - Impagliazzo notes - arrived from Maryland, from other States of USA and from many African countries who have decided to erase the death penalty. Paula Cooper has been discharged just a few days ago, after 28 years in Rockville Indiana prison. Paula is a woman completely different from the one that committed the horrible crime at 15 years of age and she is now ready to give her contribution for the realization of a more equitable and less violent society. This is the sign that prison can redeem, while executions end any hope. This is the message that the representatives of 90 countries, belonging to the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, agreed during the recent Meeting in Madrid, urging renewed efforts to revive the process abolitionist worldwide ".