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November 17 2013

Ohio (AP) - Ohio governor stays condemned execution to assess organ donation request. (EN)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor on Wednesday delayed a condemned child killer's execution to study the feasibility of allowing the man to donate his organs to ailing relatives.
Republican Gov. John Kasich rescheduled 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' lethal injection to July 2.
Phillips was sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993, and was scheduled for execution Thursday.
But Kasich said that while Phillips' crime was heinous, his willingness to donate organs and tissue could save another life and the state "should allow that to happen."
Phillips had been moved to Ohio's death house Wednesday, but a prisons spokeswoman said Phillips will be returned to death row to await the assessment's findings.
With his legal options effectively exhausted, Phillips made what prison officials called an unprecedented request Monday, to donate a kidney and his heart to his ailing mother and sister. Phillips' mother has kidney disease and his sister has a heart condition, his attorneys said.
Phillips indicated the request was not a delay tactic, but an attempt to make a final gesture for good.
State officials denied the request on Tuesday, saying a host of logistical and security issues made it unworkable. A spokeswoman said the department moved swiftly to evaluate the request but determined it was not equipped to accommodate pre- or post-execution organ donations. An earlier kidney donation may have been possible under prison medical policy, but Phillips never requested one, they said.
The state left it up to Phillips' family whether the organs will be harvested after his body is turned over to them Thursday. It wasn't clear whether the organs would still be viable at that point.
October 15 2016

Human rights activist asks Pope to discuss the death penalty with Lukashenka

Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus", has sent a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to touch upon the issue of capital punishment during his meeting with President Lukashenka.
October 10 2016
October 10,14th World Day Against the Death Penalty

On the 14th world day against the death penalty a conference entitled "No Justice Without Life" will be held in Japan

July 2 2016
Address and the Final Ceremony by Mario Marazziti. Nobel Peace Prize Room, City Hall. June 23rd 2016

CITIES FOR LIFE – CITIES AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo

by Mario Marazziti
June 25 2016

Pope Francis: “Death penalty is unacceptable”

Pope Francis addresses the authorities, the associations, the activists and the civil society gathered in Oslo on the occasion of the World Congress Against the Death Penalty through a video message.
June 21 2016
The 6th Congress Against the Death Penalty opens today in Oslo

The Community of Sant'Egidio takes part in the congress with delegations from Italy, Congo, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Indonesia

1500 attendants coming from over 80 countries. Among them, 20 ministers, 200 diplomats, members of different parliaments, scholars, lawyers, members of various associations and civil society actors
May 25 2016
"The laws are not perfect and judges cannot make mistakes. When you think that laws are perfect, this is the beginning of injustice", said Mgr. Suharyo

Church and civil society against new executions

Jakarta is among the 15 cities in Indonesia where in the past years the event "Cities for Life, Cities against the Death Penalty" was held, organized by Sant'Egidio in over two thousand municipalities in the five continents
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June 4 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
May 23 2016

Malaysian death row convict loses final appeal in Singapore
May 23 2016

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May 14 2016

Pfizer blocca i farmaci per la pena di morte negli Usa
May 14 2016
La Stampa

Pena di morte, Pfizer blocca l’uso dei suoi farmaci per le iniezioni letali negli Usa
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