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HANDS OFF CAIN CONGRESS: DECEMBER 17 AND 18 IN PADOVA PRISON

November 5, 2009: The next Hands Off Cain Congress will be held on December 17 and 18 in a special location: the Padova Prison. This is not just a first for a Radical congress, it’s the first time that any congress has been held inside a jail. Hands Off Cain would like to thank the Department of Penitentiary Administration for its participation and for granting the necessary authorisation.
The congress literally takes place on days of the second anniversary of the extraordinary success of the Universal Moratorium on capital punishment at the United Nations General Assembly. With that vote, we achieved an objective of historic importance for our country and also of immense human and civil importance to the whole world. The Congress will also be an occasion for relaunching the campaign for the moratorium, something that is absolutely necessary to prevent the victory from fading away.
Padova Prison was rightly chosen. In the generally devastated Italian prison environment, the prison has in the last few years been particularly mindful of issues surrounding jails, punishment and the re-socialisation of prisoners, for example "Ristretti Orizzonti", an information centre inside the jail where the prisoners work.
Due to the limited time for organisation and the understandable security needs for entering the jail (each person must be individually authorised), Hands Off Cain invites participants to advise of their attendance at the Congress by immediately sending an email to gaia.rosini@nessunotocchicaino.it, leaving their details and a contact phone number.

CHINA: FORMER DEATH ROW DUO AWARDED COMPENSATION
MALAYSIA: TWO PRAWN SELLERS TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
ALGERIA: HEAD OF QAIDA SENTENCED TO DEATH
UGANDA: FIVE DEATH ROW INMATES PARDONED
IRAN: TWO MEN HANGED IN HAMEDAN
EGYPT: FOUR JORDANIANS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUGS
KUWAIT: EGYPTIAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING COMPATRIOT
IRAN: KURDISH POLITICAL PRISONER HANGED
LEBANON: DEATH SENTENCE TO 4 CONVICTED OF COLLABORATING WITH ISRAEL
HANDS OFF CAIN: EXECUTION IN VIRGINIA DOESN’T HALT DECREASE IN USA
KYRGYZSTAN: LAWMAKERS REJECT UN DEATH PENALTY BAN
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO BEHEADED FOR MURDER
YEMEN: TEENAGER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE AND MURDER
USA: WASHINGTON SNIPER IS PUT TO DEATH
CHINA: NINE EXECUTED OVER XINJIANG RIOTS
RUSSIA: PRESIDENT FAVORS GRADUAL ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI MAN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
IRAN: FOUR MEN HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SOMALI ADULTERER STONED TO DEATH; LOVER WILL BE
BEIJING TO ADOPT LETHAL INJECTION FOR ALL DEATH PENALTY CRIMINALS NEXT YEAR
UGANDA: IBAHRI CONDEMNS DEATH PENALTY FOR HOMOSEXUALITY
SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADS 1 INDIAN, 2 LANKANS FOR MURDER
KYRGYZSTAN: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE SENDS DRAFT LAW TO PARLIAMENT
SAUDI ARABIA: HIGH COURT UPHOLDS CRUCIFIXION IN CHILD MURDER CASE
IRAQ: AL-MALIKI REJECTS STAYS OF EXECUTION FOR 1,000 PRISONERS
IRAQ: FIRST PUBLIC EXECUTION SINCE SADDAM HUSSEIN’S RULE
IRAN: ABDOLHAMID RIGI EXECUTED IN ZAHEDAN
IRAQ: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING HEAD OF SADDAM’S TRIBE
IRAQ: PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY SUSPENSION

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