Every 10 October since 2003 the United Nations celebrates the World Day Against Death Penalty. The aim is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty.
Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty. To achieve its goal, the World Coalition advocates for a definitive end to death sentences and executions in those countries where the death penalty is in force. In some countries, it is seeking to obtain a reduction in the use of capital punishment as a first step towards abolition.
"Overcoming the isolation of the people sentenced to death and their relatives."
One of the observations made by the World Coalition while doing the preliminary work for this year’s World Day, is the isolation in which the people sentenced to death might live.
Of course, schools, teachers and students will take part at the World Day Against Penalty talking, discussing and participate in different activities into school curriculum.
Citizenship curriculum is about Human Rights and their values. But Human Rights and values are a cross-curricular theme. So every teacher can include it into the curriculum they are teaching, no matter the grade.
About 80 cities participated in the first edition in 2002. More than 2,000 cities were listed to participate in 2015 in more than 90 countries on the five continents, including in countries that retain the death penalty. The aim is to made use of symbolic monuments and squares to hold educational and artistic events aimed at raising public awareness. All cities taking part in the initiative make their major monuments available as “living logos”, which “speak” with the help of special illuminations, thus becoming symbols of a commitment to hold a dialogue with the population aimed at achieving a world without the death penalty.
Films: Dead Man Walking/ Tim Robbins,1995 (up-16 year-old) Based a true story: A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. The Life of David Gale/ Alan Parker, 2003 (up-14 years-old) A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
True Crime/ Clint Eastwood, 1999 (up-14-year-old)
Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution? Based on the novel True Crime by Andrew Klavan, 1995