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FIRST WORLD CONGRESS
AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Strasbourg - 21, 22 and 23 June

  It has been an important event in the up-hill struggle of humanity and justice against vengeance and barbarism. People from all over the world converged for three days in Strasbourg to denounce and condemn the three main nations which indulge more than ever in judiciary killings, the People’s Republic of China, the U.S.A. and Japan: people like Angela Davis, Jaques Derrida, Steven Hawkins, Graham Watson,Bruce Shapiro, Robert Badinter, Michel Taube and Stefania Tallei, together with the presidents of 13 parliaments.
Among the strategies agreed by most of the 400 participants the absolute necessity for the European Union to force a vote in the next General Assembly of the United Nations on a resolution for a moratorium as first step towards the abolition of capital punishment and to take economic and politicl steps against the death penalty states. Spokesmen of the otherwise meritorius Italian organization "Hands off Cain" stressed the danger of anti-americanism and denounced the Palestinian Authority for having executed two of their own citizens in the beginning of the year: some members of the audience promptly renamend the organization of the Radical Party "Hands of Cain, the U.S.A. and Israel". Impressive the attendance by all European media with the exception of the Italian ones. RAI-TV (Italian State Television) sent a reporter to interview Mr. P.F. Casini, the new president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, previously known in the European Parliament as the "Right Hon. Bacardi" for his strenuous support of the United States in their fight against Cuba and its national Rhum Havana Club.

FINAL DECLARATION of the first World Congress Against the Death Penalty

Message from Mumia Abu Jamal to the World Anti-Death Penalty Congress in Strasbourg

Lucio Manisco proposes constructive action in the USA:
Rerouting European tourists to deathless states.

Speech by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lord Russell-Johnston, at the solemn session of speakers of Parliaments against the death penalty.