World Day Against the Death Penalty

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World Day Against the Death Penalty
Observed byWorldwide
  • Civil awareness day
DateOctober 10
Next time10 October 2020 (2020-10-10)

World Day Against the Death Penalty (10 October) is a day to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and to raise awareness of the conditions and the circumstances which affect prisoners with death sentences. The day was first organised by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 2003.[1] It has since taken place annually on 10 October.

The day is supported by numerous NGOs and world governments, including Amnesty International,[2] the European Union[3] and the United Nations.[4] On 26 September 2007, the Council of Europe also declared 10 October to be the European Day Against the Death Penalty.[5]

Each World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on a particular theme, to highlight certain issues surrounding capital punishment. In 2018, the theme was the living conditions on death row. Previous themes include poverty, terrorism, drug crimes[6] and mental health.

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  1. ^ "History". World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
  2. ^ "World Day Against Death Penalty: powerful video shows horror for families".
  3. ^ "Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty - Consilium".
  4. ^ "Statement by the UN Secretary-General on the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty - United Nations Secretary-General".
  5. ^ "10 October - European Day against Death Penalty".
  6. ^ "Germany calls for global abolition of death penalty on world awareness day | News | DW | 10.10.2015". Deutsche Welle. 2015-10-10. Retrieved 2018-12-08.

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