Monday, September 26, 2016

Oct. 10, World Day Against the Death Penalty

With Fredrikson & Byron's partnership, The Advocates for Human Rights' Fall Speaker Series launches October 10, on World Day Against the Death Penalty, and features Jennifer Prestholdt and Amy Bergquist. This year, World Day is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for terrorism related offenses in order to reduce its use.

"The Death Penalty and Terrorism"
Noon-1 p.m.
Mon., Oct 10
@
Fredrikson & Byron
200 S. Sixth St.
Mpls, MN

1 CLE credit applied for.

Running against the abolitionist worldwide movement, some governments have in recent years resorted to use of the death penalty following terrorist attacks on their countries, in the name of protecting their countries and peoples. In the last 10 years, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Tunisia, and others have adopted laws that expanded the scope of the death penalty, adding certain terrorist acts to the list of crimes punishable by death. More recently, Pakistan and Chad resumed executions in the name of the fight against terrorism, putting an end to moratoriums that had lasted for years.

Other speaker series events, running into December, will be announced. Each session will be worth one CLE credit (to be applied for) and will be held noon-1 p.m. at Fredrikson & Byron.

The Death Penalty in Practice

104
countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes
6
countries have abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes

30
countries are abolitionist in practice

58
countries and territories retain the death penalty
25
countries carried out executions in 2015
 
5
countries that were top executioners in 2015 include
China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, & the USA

65
countries and territories retain the death penalty for terrorism.
Of these 16 countries are abolitionist in practice,
and 1 country is abolitionist in law for ordinary crimes.


Data supplied by World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

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