The 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2023, reflects on the relationship between the death penalty and torture, continuing the momentum of 2022.
While the death penalty is currently tolerated by strict international law standards, it is increasingly evident that the death penalty is inherently incompatible with the prohibition of torture.
This year, to gain further insight the topic and its links to the death penalty, we interviewed Hon Francis Xaiver-Sosu, human rights lawyer and the Ghanian MP who introduced the amendment bills that abolished the death penalty in Ghana in July 2023.
We asked Francis questions that explore the mental anguish and psychological damage that life on death row has on a person and the need for other nations to turn their back on capital punishment for good.
Watch our video below:
World Day Against the Death Penalty
#WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty unifies the global abolitionist movement and mobilizes civil society, political leaders, lawyers, public opinion and more to support the call for the universal abolition of capital punishment. The day encourages and consolidates the political and general awareness of the worldwide movement against the death penalty. Held every year on 10 October, World Day Against the Death Penalty is organised by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, of which The Death Penalty Project is a steering committee member.
Find out more here: https://worldcoalition.org/
For World Day last year, we revisited some of the past cases we assisted across the years that featured elements of torture and cruel treatment, see here.