This year's World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on the inhumanity of the death penalty as a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
Lethal injections are experimental and frequently botched – leading to an agonisingly painful death.
The first in the 'three-drug cocktail' is an anesthetic to put the prisoner to sleep; the second is a paralyzing agent to immobilize them; the third is a massive overdose of potassium chloride to stop their heart. If the first drug fails - often the dose is too low or the IV is not inserted properly - the prisoner remains awake, able to feel appalling pain but frozen in silence, paralyzed by the pancuronium. This is a botched lethal injection. The prisoner suffocates slowly until the potassium chloride shocks the heart so severely it stops beating. If the prisoner remains conscious at this point the pain is excruciating.
This is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Reprieve's Stop Lethal Injection Project has been fighting to end the trade in drugs used for executions and so far has been successful in preventing supplies from Austria, Denmark, India, Italy, Germany and the UK from reaching US death rows. Today we have called on healthcare professionals to help us debunk the myth that lethal injection is 'humane'.
Click here to watch our short film World Day Against the Death Penalty 2011: Stop lethal injections in the US.
Click here to find out how you you can support Reprieve on World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Click here to read more about Reprieve death penalty work and cases.
Clive Stafford Smith on ‘No Pressure To Be Funny’
This week Reprieve’s Director will appear on 'No Pressure To Be Funny', a topical comedy podcast presented by LBC radio host James O'Brien and created by comedians Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie that brings together guests drawn from the arts, media and politics to discuss the week's news in front of a live audience.
Click here for more information and to book tickets to the live show.
Back Reprieve's founding Director Clive Stafford Smith on Buzzbnk - click here to find out more
Reprieve and other organizations do commendable work to abolish capital punishment and/or exonerate the innocent. Some I am acquainted with and reference in anti-DP articles are the five (5) organizations listed below with links provided. Please review information at their websites and support their work:
Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/
Death Penalty Information Center http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/
Innocence Project http://www.innocenceproject.org/
NAACP Legal Defense Fund http://naacpldf.org/
Texas Moratorium Network http://www.texasmoratorium.org/
Advocacy by Mary Neal - Website: http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com - director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi
Repeat of paragraph 1: October 10, 2011 is World Day Against DP. I am against capital punishment, war without provocation, discrimination based on race and class in the justice system, criminalizing mental illness, and hypocrisy, especially among leaders. My recent anti-DP articles were published in FreeSpeakBlog, including: "Mary Neal v. USA re Racism, Conspiracy and Terrorism" at this link http://goo.gl/eiqoI and "Troy Davis Murder Theory" at this link http://goo.gl/gfo2S (Please Google the titles if the links fail.)
CoIntelPro often codes my first paragraph not to show on the cell phone view, so it is repeated above the photographs. Unfortunately, anti-DP advocacy is highly censored. In July, cyberstalkers attacked my three Blogger blogs immediately after I published articles against Senate Bill 968, the IP Protection Act, a/k/a "Internet Censorship Bill." Google, a free speech hero, reinstated the blogs in the interest of freedom of press. Senate Bill 968 proposes putting the Internet under the U.S. Justice Department, which could end online advocacy against DP and other injustices. Regarding capital punishment, the Bible says: For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death - Psalm 102:19-20.