European Day Against the Death Penalty History
European Day against the Death Penalty is a day when Europe, and the world, underline their opposition to capital punishment. The day is the Council of Europe and the EU’s way of showing solidarity with World Day Against the Death Penalty. In 2014, at least 22 countries around the world carried out executions and 2,466 were sentenced to death worldwide.
WDDP was launched in 2003 by the World Coalition against the Death Penalty. As with many global initiatives there is a theme each year. Each theme focusses the attention of the world on a specific aspect of the problem; previous themes have included specific countries and regions like Asia (2008) and the United States (2010) as well as the rights of the mentally ill (2014). There are over 180 local initiatives united on the day, making October 10 not just a European but a global day against the death penalty.
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