2012 Report on the death penalty by Hands Off Cain presented at the European Parliament

The Annual Report of Hands Off Cain was held today in the European Parliament, on the initiative of Struan Stevenson, British conservative MEP and Chairman of the European Parliament delegation for the relations with Iraq, and Elizabetta Zamparutti MP, author of the Report.

The event had a good participation numerically and substantially. The introductive remarks by Chairman Stevenson and Mrs Zamparutti were followed by a one-hour debate in which took the floor, amongst others, Krisztina Morvai MEP (from Hungary), and representatives from the Embassy of Iraq, the Regional Government of Kurdistan, the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice, Niccolò Figà-Talamanca.

In the light of the increasing concern for the State executions in Iraq and given the ongoing campaign of the Nonviolent Radical Party transnational and transparty on the truth about the war in Iraq, Mr. Stevenson and Mrs. Zamparutti paid particular attention to the situation of this battered country. The two speakers criticized the decision of the Iraqi government to apply the death penalty to crimes featuring no violence and no link to acts of terrorism. More specifically, they condemned the fact that, as demonstrated on a daily basis, the application of the death penalty failed to bring about a reduction of terrorist attacks, which continue instead to affect the country and to block any economic political and social development.