Death Penalty: Nonviolent Radical Party and Hands off Cain on a four-day mission to Chad

A delegation of Hands off Cain and the Nonviolent Radical Party is leaving today for a four day mission to Chad to support the abolitionist process in the country and to obtain the country’s vote in favour of the UN Resolution on a Universal Moratorium on death penalty.
The mission, that has been made possible by the contribution of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, is composed of Marco Pannella, President of Hands off Cain, Elisabetta Zamparutti, its Treasurer, Demba Traorè, Secretary General of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty, and Matteo Angioli, Member of its General Council.
In Chad the death penalty is prescribed for a number of crimes, going from aggravated murder to terrorism, treason and espionage. The last execution took place in November 2003 when over a period of four days nine men were executed before exhausting their rights to appeal.
Of particular grave concern is the situation in prisons, which the Radical delegation plans to visit: over-population, scarce sanitary assistance and inadequate food, hygiene and medication are serious problems; ventilation, heating, lights and access to drinkable water is inadequate or inexistent.
In 2009, after the Universal Peer Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Chad welcomed its recommendations to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty. This ratification has not yet taken place.
During the voting of the UN Resolution on the moratorium in 2008 and 2010, Chad was absent. Therefore, alongside the objectives of the mission of Hands off Cain and the Nonviolent Radical Party, and alongside the request to accelerate the internal abolition process, they will ask Chad’s vote in favour of the new Resolution during the on-going session of the UN General Assembly.