Please join the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Washington, DC, for a panel discussion analyzing the United States’ use of the death penalty through an international human rights framework. The panel will feature U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez.
The discussion will coincide with the release of a new report scrutinizing the use of the death penalty in Louisiana and California. Specifically, the report explores the deficiencies in existing legal processes, examines conditions on death row, and demonstrates that the use of the death penalty in these states violates international prohibitions against discrimination, torture, and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. The report will be released on the eve of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, October 10, 2013.
Juan Méndez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Christine Thomas, Activist and Wife of Correll Thomas housed on San Quentin’s Condemned Row
Mercedes Montagnes, Attorney and Deputy Director, The Promise of Justice Initiative & The Capital Appeals Project
Florence Bellivier, President, World Coalition against the Death Penalty, FIDH Representative regarding the Death Penalty
Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Co-sponsored by FIDH, Howard University Law School and Washington College of Law.