• Press Release

Amnesty International USA Applauds New Hampshire House of Representatives

March 12, 2014

Calls on State Senate to Also Pass Death Penalty Repeal Bill

Contact: Elaine Monaghan, [email protected], 202.776.7700, (c) 202.805.3463, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In response to today’s passage of the death penalty repeal bill in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins issued the following statement:

"Amnesty International USA applauds the New Hampshire House of Representatives for passing the death penalty repeal bill today and calls on the New Hampshire Senate to follow suit. The death penalty is biased, expensive, unfair and because it is tainted with human error, risks executing the innocent."

Amnesty International has successfully campaigned to abolish the death penalty throughout the USA, and participates actively in the New Hampshire movement that has strived for years to put an end to the death penalty there. Amnesty International USA has worked with the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and is a co-founding member of the coalition. Amnesty has provided testimony and has mobilized members and activists to call on the legislature to pass a repeal bill.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.