FIRST WORLD CONGRESS
AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
Strasbourg - 21, 22 and 23 June
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
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.
DECLARATION of the first World Congress Against the Death Penalty
from Mumia Abu Jamal to the World Anti-Death Penalty Congress in
Manisco proposes constructive action in the USA:
Rerouting European tourists to deathless states.
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.