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APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR A MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS

To the UN Secretary-General,

We, the undersigned, believe that the human race must evolve, and the abolition of the death penalty is not only an individual need that strengthens the inviolability of the person, but also a vital, universal need. It is the ultimate goal of the 20th century; the meeting point of different civilizations.

"Hands off Cain" paraphrases the words of the Bible, and for us this ancient commandment means that the State cannot dispose of the lives of its citizens. While many people are in favor of retaining or reinstating the death penalty, their profound sense of justice is misplaced by crime that endangers us all.

The abolition of the death penalty is a belief shared by the International Community. On April 20, 2005, for the ninth year running, the UN Commission on Human Rights established that "the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and to the progressive development of human rights", asking retentionist States "to establish a moratorium on executions, with a view to completely abolishing the death penalty".

The Courts set up by the Security Council to pronounce judgement on genocide, ethnic cleansing, mass extermination, and other serious crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the Statute of the Permanent International Court for crimes against humanity, all categorically exclude capital punishment, whereas a number of States actually inflict the death penalty for far less serious crimes.

We, the undersigned, ask the United Nation General Assembly to lead the International Community away from this intolerable anachronism, by establishing a universal moratorium on executions with a view to total abolition.

After the abolition of slavery and the banning of torture, the right not to be killed following a legal sentence could be another common denominator, a new inalienable aspect of being human that makes us one family.

Nobel Prize winners


Oscar ARIAS SANCHEZ, Costa Rica - Peace Nobel Prize
His Holiness the DALAI LAMA, Tibet - Peace Nobel Prize
Mikhail GORBACEV, Russia - Peace Nobel Prize
Nadine GORDIMER, South Africa - Literature Nobel Prize
Dario FO, Italy - Literature Nobel Prize
Rita LEVI MONTALCINI, Italy - Medicine Nobel Prize
Mairead Corrigan MAGUIRE, Northern Ireland - Peace Nobel Prize
Rigoberta MENCHU´ TUM, Guatemala - Peace Nobel Prize
Adolfo PEREZ ESQUIVEL, Argentina - Peace Nobel Prize
Josè RAMOS-HORTA, East Timor - Peace Nobel Prize
Josè SARAMAGO, Portugal - Literature Nobel Prize
Archbishop Desmond TUTU, South Africa - Peace Nobel Prize
Elie WIESEL , United States - Peace Nobel Prize
Betty WILLIAMS, Northern Ireland - Peace Nobel Prize

Prominent personalities

Isabel ALLENDE, Chile - writer
Taïeb BACCOUCHE, Tunisia - Director, Arab Institute for Human Rights
M. Cherif BASSIOUNI, United States - President, Association Internationale de Droit Pénal
Hugo BEDAU, United States - Austin Fletcher Professor of Philosophy
Alioune Badara BEYE, Senegal - President, French-speaking Writers´ International Federation
Tahar BEN JELLOUN, Morocco - writer
Mario BENEDETTI, Uruguay - writer
Bernardo BERTOLUCCI, Italy - film director
Igor BEZRUKOV, Russian Federation - member of the Commission for Clemency
George BIZOS, South Africa - lawyer
Norberto BOBBIO Italy - philosopher
Hebe de BONAFINI, Argentina - President, Madres de Plaza de Mayo
Julian BOND , United States - President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Emma BONINO, Italy - Former European Commissioner
Elena BONNER SACHAROVA, Russian Federation
Alex BORAINE, South Africa - Vice-President, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Father Aleksandr BORISOV, Russian Federation - member of the Commission for Clemency
Jerome BRUNER, United States - pedagogist
Chico BUARQUE, Brazil - musician
Vladimir BUKOWSKI, Russian Federation - writer
Noam CHOMSKY, United States
Paulo COELHO, Brazil - writer
Daniel COHN-BENDIT, Germany - Member of the European Parliament
Giovanni CONSO Italy - Chairman, Plenipotentiary Conference for the establishment of an International Criminal Court
Mario CUOMO, United States - former Governor of the State of New York
Dennis DALY, Jamaica - Lawyer
Pilar DEL RIO, Spain
Yolande DIALLO, Switzerland - Centre for Human Rights
Norman DORSEN, United States - Professor of Law and Chairman, lobal Law School Program, New York University School of Law
Ronald DWORKIN, United States - Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at the New York University, Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at the University College London
Umberto ECO, Italy - writer
Mike FARRELL, United States - actor, writer, co-Chair - Human Rights Watch
Eduardo GALEANO, Uruguay - writer
Richard GERE, United States - actor
Danny GLOVER, United States - actor
Felipe GONZALEZ, Spain, former Prime Minister
David GROSSMAN, Israel - writer
Serhiy HOLOVATY, Ukraine - former Minister of JusticeBianca JAGGER, United StatesAsma JAHANGIR, Pakistan - Lawyer, leader of Human Rights Commission
WEI JINGSHENG, China - dissident
Kirill KOVAL´DZHI, Russian Federation - writer, member of the Commission for Clemency
Dominique LAPIERRE, France - writerHilarie SOBERS, Jamaica - Lawyer
Graça MACHEL, Mozambique - President, Fundacao para o Desenvolvimento da ComunitadeRenford O. MADDIX, Jamaica - Chaplain, Correctional Services of Jamaica
Lawrence MARSHALL, United States - Professor at Northwestern University School of Law
Desai MEGHNAD, United Kingdom - Director, London School of Economics
Robert MEEROPOL, United States - Rosenberg Fund for Children
Marie Claire MENDES-FRANCE, France
Anthony PANTIN, Trinidad & Tobago - Archbishop of Port of Spain
Sister Helen PREJEAN, United States - author of Dead Man Walking Anatolij PRISTAVKIN, Russian Federation - Chairman, Commission for Clemency
Michael L. RADELET, United States - Professor of Sociology
Mons. Gianfranco RAVASI, Italy - Prefect of Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Lev RAZGON, Russian Federation - writer, member of the Commission for Clemency
Tim ROBBINS, United States - director
Sergei ROMAZIN, Russian Federation - member of the Commission for Clemency
Edward SAID, U.S./Palestine - Professor, NY Columbia University
Susan SARANDON, United States - actress
Fernando SAVATER, Spain - writer
Luis SEPULVEDA, Chile - writer
Sam Reese SHEPPARD, United States
Cardinal Jaime SIN, Philippines - Archbishop of Manila
Antonio TABUCCHI, Italy - writer
Josè Maria TOJEIRA, El Salvador - Rector, UCA
Gore VIDAL, United States - writer
Sergei VITSIN, Russian Federation - member of the Commission for Clemency
Steve WISER , United States - spiritual advisor to Mumia Abu Jamal
Harry WU, China - Director, Laogai Research Foundation

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