Coburg also sets an example against the death penalty

Coburg also sets an example against the death penalty

The day of action was initiated by the christian community of sant'egidio and was first organized ten years ago.

Coburg will take part in this year's action day and show its colours with a large-format transparent sign at the burglabschlosschen. "Every human being has the right to life, liberty and security of person. It is important to stand up and fight for this human right at a time when more than 58 countries worldwide still apply the death penalty.", according to coburg's mayor norbert kastner (SPD).

The number of participating cities in germany has now risen to 147. Many cities shine on 30. November a characteristic building especially at. The tower of the town hall in berlin, the fortress in wurzburg or the human rights street in nurnberg are some of them. Other cities carried out special actions: in leipzig, for example, the bell in the carl-goerdeler monument is rung for five minutes before every full hour. In addition, poetry readings or conferences on the subject of the death penalty take place.

Worldwide, almost 1500 cities from 87 countries have joined the action. These gestures and events are intended to express the protest against the inhumanity of the death penalty.

In december 2007, for the first time in history, the general assembly of the united nations passed a resolution for a universal moratorium on the death penalty by a large majority. In december 2010, a resolution was passed for the third time at the same location with 109 votes in favor, with the goal of a complete abolition of the death penalty. Another vote on the resolution is scheduled this week.

The campaign continues to make progress: in the united states, with illinois in 2011 and connecticut in april 2012, 17 states have abolished the death penalty. In asia, the mongolian parliament on november 5. The tunisian council of ministers adopted the second optional protocol to the international covenant on civil and political rights on january 4, 2012, thus committing the country before the united nations and the international community to abolish the death penalty. Similarly, benin in africa decided in july 2012.

On january 4, 2012, the tunisian council of ministers adopted the second. February 2011 a series of international conventions and protocols. The abolition of the death penalty was thereby initiated, which is an important signal in the arab world in connection with the awakening movements in this region.

In the meantime, 140 countries around the world have abolished the death penalty altogether or no longer apply it. Only a minority of 58 states still practice this. In the past 14 years, the ratio of countries with and without the death penalty has reversed. Commitment and attention to this issue continue to be required worldwide.

The sant'egidio community is a christian lay movement with over 60 members.000 members in 70 countries of the world, with the participation of numerous organizations for peace and justice, committed to the fight against the death penalty. The "cities for life" campaign takes place annually on 30. November instead of. On this day in 1786, the grand duchy of tuscany became the first country in the world to abolish torture and the death penalty.

In addition to a worldwide signature campaign, which has now reached 5.5 million signatures, sant'egidio members maintain hundreds of personal pen-pal relationships with death row inmates around the world, and support many of them in their personal efforts.

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