European Day Against the Death Penalty

Quick Facts

AKA NameEuropean and World Day Against the Death Penalty
2020 Date10 October 2020
2021 Date10 October 2021
European Day Against the Death Penalty

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.

European Day Against the Death Penalty Facts & Quotes

  • One theme for 2017 World Day Against the Death Penalty: Raising awareness about the reasons why people living in poverty are at a greater risk of being sentenced to death and executed.
  • As of July 2015, 101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.
  • There are 6 methods of execution used in the remaining countries that support the death penalty. They are decapitation, hanging, lethal injection, shooting, stoning and gas chambers.
  • In any case, frequent punishments are a sign of weakness or slackness in the government. There is no man so bad that he cannot be made good for something. No man should be put to death, even as an example, if he can be left to live without danger to society ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
  • I believe [...] that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

European Day Against the Death Penalty Top Events and Things to Do

  • Write to a prisoner on death row. There are organisations that can facilitate this; try Prison Fellowship, Black and Pink or Write A Prisoner.
  • Join the events prepared for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and support urgent appeals and take part in social media action in the lead up to 10 October. Tweet using the hashtag #nodeathpenalty.
  • Participate in Cities Against the Death Penalty/Cities for Life on November 30, 2015. The event brings together thousands of people to show public support for the abolitionist cause.
  • Organize an art exhibition (photo, drawings, posters) or a theatre performance such as Dead Man Walking which was adapted from Sister Helen Preteen’s book about her experiences as a chaplain on death row.
  • Watch a film or documentary about the death penalty and the criminal justice system. Our suggestions include:
    1) Paths of Glory
    2) The Thin Blue Line
    3) The Green Mile

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