Reacting to news that the New Hampshire state legislature has failed to override the Governor’s veto, which would have ended the death penalty in New Hampshire once and for all, …
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The 13th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty will take place on Saturday, October 10th. Activists and organizations will hold events around the globe to call for the universal abolition of capital punishment. In recognition of the day, Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, released the following statement.
Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court struck down exemptions to the state’s 2012 death penalty ban, which had excluded the 11 inmates currently on death row. In response, James Clark, Amnesty International USA’s senior campaigner on the death penalty, released the following statement:
Today the Nebraska legislature passed a measure repealing the death penalty, leaving that state poised to become the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment. The measure passed with enough votes to override a promised veto from Governor Ricketts.
In response to the announcement that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death after being convicted in the Boston Marathon bombings, Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA issued the following statement:
Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W. Hawkins issued the following response after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that he is issuing a moratorium on the death penalty in his state.
(WASHINGTON, DC) In response to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s decision to commute the sentences of the state’s remaining death penalty prisoners to life without parole Amnesty International USA executive director, Steven W. Hawkins, issued the following statement.
A federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, today struck down California's death penalty law, saying the practice was unconstitutional and that the delays facing death row inmates make the punishment arbitrary.
Massive public pressure has helped end the death penalty in 18 states in recent years. You can help make New Hampshire next.