HOUSTON ABOLITIONISTS CELEBRATE "WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY" ON OCTOBER 10
Houston abolitionists will celebrate "World Day Against the Death Penalty" at KPFT Radio (90.1 FM) from 7 - 9 pm on Thursday, October 10.
Over 140 nations around the world have abolished the death penalty either by law or practice. This includes most European nations *, most nations in Central and South America, Mexico and Canada. Many nations that retain the death penalty in their laws rarely, if ever, use this punishment.
The top 5 executing countries in 2012 were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The U.S. has executed 1350 people since 1977 and still has over 3000 people on its death rows. Texas has executed over 500 people and continues to lead the nation each year.
"We are inspired by the nations around the globe who have stopped using this unnecessary, costly and flawed punishment", says David Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. "Similarly, we are inspired by the 18 U.S. states that have abolished the death penalty. The death penalty will be abolished in the United States, and even in Texas. It is just a matter of time. The decrease in death sentences and executions in recent years indicate that it may not be that far away. It is clear that the death penalty is still applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner."
*See statement by European Ministers of Foreign Affairs --- http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/binaries/Joint_Appeal_with_names_tcm312-234415.pdf