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Thursday, December 8, 2016
World cities unite against death penalty
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¬†More than 300 cities around the world will be organising events calling for the abolition of the death penalty next Wednesday, 30 November. The World Day "Cities for Life-Cities against the Death Penalty" celebrates the anniversary of the first abolition of the death penalty by the law of a European state, the Great Duchy of Tuscany in 1786. The initiative ≠ now at its fourth year - is promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio and supported by the main international human rights organizations, gathered in the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty ( Amnesty International, Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort, International Penal Reform, FIACAT). Rome, Brussels, Madrid, London, Ottawa, Mexico City, Berlin, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Buenos Aires, Austin, Dallas, Antwerpen, Vienna, Naples, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reggio Emilia, Bogotŗ, Santiago de Chile are among those taking part. Many cities will illuminate their symbolic monuments ≠ from the Colosseum in Rome to the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid, from the Central Obelisque in Buenos Aires to the Moneda Palace in Santiago ≠ making a worldwide moral alliance to ask to stop all the capital executions. groups around the world will be holding vigils, prayer services and demonstrations. In London, Amnesty International will be staging a sit-in before Uzbekistan and Belarus embassies For more information see: www.santegidio.org
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