The death penalty, another name for torture
Viewpoint of two fights that go hand in hand
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World Day Against the Death Penalty has been observed every year on 10 October for 21 years. This year, the day is dedicated to the inherent connection between the death penalty and torture.
The International Federation of ACATs (FIACAT) brings together around thirty national associations present on three continents with an original mandate of combating torture. This is the perspective through which this network of associations works in favour of the abolition of the death penalty.
Marie Salphati serves as FIACAT’s representative to the United Nations, and Xavière Prugnard to the African Union. Through this opinion piece, they explain their work for the recognition of the connections between the death penalty, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
People sentenced to death are all highly exposed to treatment deemed incompatible with the prohibition of torture.
It is clearly inconsistent to view decapitation as different from corporal punishment.
Marie Salphati is involved with FIACAT as a Representative to the United Nations. She coordinates the Federation’s action strategy relating to the fight against torture and imprisonment conditions.
Xavière Prugnard is involved with FIACAT as a Representative to the African Union. She coordinates the Federation’s action strategy relating to the abolition of the death penalty.