PRESENTATION OF THE 2015 REPORT OF HANDS OFF CAIN ‘THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE WORLD’
July 29, 2015: Hands Off Cain is presenting its 2015 report "The death penalty in the world" on July 31, from 11 am to 12.30 pm, in Via di Torre Argentina 76 in Rome.
The Report is dedicated to Pope Francis, who was also awarded the "Abolitionist of the Year 2015", an award that Hands Off Cain assigns to the person who, above all others, has shown extraordinary commitment to the abolition of the death penalty and against inhuman and degrading treatments.
The reasons for this year’s choice are that Pope Francis, whose pontificate was inaugurated by the abolition of life imprisonment and the introduction of the crime of torture in the Vatican City penal code, has spoken loud and clear not only against the death penalty, but also against the death during the penalty, and the penalty till death.
He has done so on October 23, 2014 when, with a “lectio magistralis”, Pope Francis addressed the delegates of the International Association of Penal Law. In his speech, the Pope said that “a life sentence is just a death penalty in disguise” which should be abolished together with the death penalty itself. He added that he holds that solitary confinement in maximum-security prisons is “a form of physical and mental torture”.
For the extraordinary humanistic, political and juridical value of his Speech, we decided to publish it as the introduction to our 2015 report.
Flaminia Giovanelli, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will attend the presentation conference, together with other representatives of the Italian government, including the Secretary to the Prime Minister Sandro Gozi, parliamentarians and representatives of foreign embassies in Italy.
The event will also set out the objectives of the campaign of Hands Off Cain in view of the Congress to be held in the prison of Opera in autumn. The Congress will be mainly dedicated to the theme of life imprisonment, and to the next vote in December 2016 of a new resolution on the universal moratorium on executions by the UN General Assembly.