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Human Rights Day 2021

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  • 10 Dec 2021

73 years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The death penalty breaches the most fundamental human right of all, the right to life.

It also violates the right to live free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment

Both are basic protections under the Declaration, adopted by the United Nations on this day in 1948, and marked each year by Human Rights Day on 10 December.

This year we would like to share a short message from The Death Penalty Project team on why it is vital that all countries that retain the punishment move to abolish in order to uphold human rights and equality.

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The Death Penalty Project pays tribute to Nancy Anderson
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The Death Penalty Project at CogX Festival 2021
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