Donations to the Community of Sant'Egidio are tax deductible
under current regulations

Also this year it can target the 5x1000 to the Community of Sant'Egidio
Write the number 80191770587 in the tax return

Andrea Riccardi: on the web

Andrea Riccardi: on social networks

Andrea Riccardi: press review

change language
you are in: no death penalty - news newslettercontact uslink

Support The Community

September 30 2010 | UGANDA


New law has saved 167 death row inmates this year

printable version

The Daily Monitor

167 Ugandan death row inmates saved from gallows

Recent figures show that a January ruling by the Ugandan supreme court making it illegal to keep people on death row for more than three years has saved 167 lives.

According to the Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor, 167 death row inmates have seen their sentence commuted to life in prison this year.

Their reprieve is the consequence of a January Supreme Court decision according to which it is unconstitutional to keep a person on death row for more than three years. The court argued that any longer term would represent an additional, illegal punishment.

“One hundred and fifty inmates qualified by the time the court order was made but as time goes by, over 10 more have qualified. The number is now 167,” Ugandan prisons spokesman Frank Baine told the Monitor on September 13.

The Supreme Court ruling resulted from legal action taken by hundreds of death row inmates over more than five years with support from local human rights lawyers, the British-based NGO Death Penalty Project and World Coalition member organization FHRI.

While activists had succeeded in having long periods on death row recognized as unconstitutional, the court had dismissed their argument that the death penalty itself was a violation of constitutional rights.

Other countries in the region, most recently Kenya, have been accepting the fact that spending more than three years on death row is an inhuman punishment and should be outlawed.


February 23 2018

Minutes before execution, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commutes the sentence of Thomas Whitaker!

Gov. Greg Abbott spared the life of a death row inmate less than an hour before his scheduled execution
February 23 2018

The state of Florida carried out the execution of Branch on Thursday evening at the Florida State Prison in Raiford

Branch, who was on death row for nearly 25 years, was pronounced dead of a lethal injection at 6:05 p.m. Central Standard Time
November 20 2017

Plans shaping up for this year’s Cities for Life, Cities Against the Death Penalty

Family members of murder victims, death row exonerees, death penalty attorneys, law professors, and religious leaders will join Floridians to celebrate hold vigil to end the death penalty in the State of Florida
November 2 2017
article by Andrea Riccardi

Death Penalty: Horror or Injustice

(Famiglia cristiana) translated in English
October 27 2017

Three bishops reiterate their opposition to the death penalty following resolution of court case

Barbara D. King is the Director of Communications for the diocese of Savannah
October 27 2017

Guatemala high court abolishes death penalty in civil cases

all related news

November 28 2016

High court to examine mental disability, death penalty issue
November 12 2016

Si rafforza la pena di morte negli Stati Uniti
November 11 2016

Al liceo classico “Socrate” di Bari, conferenza “Non c’è giustizia senza vita”
October 24 2016
New York Times

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End
June 4 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
all press-related

Video promo Cities for Life 2015

83 visits

240 visits

55 visits

64 visits

71 visits
all the related media