Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Texas State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator, Amnesty International USA


Please note the following article carefully.....it shows clearly the hateful, uncaring and anti-human rights attitude as reflected by the Governor of Texas (and most other elected Texas officials).

How much longer is the abolition community going to accept these outrageous attitudes from Texas (and other US) officials? How many more people are going to be exterminated in Texas before the world decides that Texas is indeed an outlaw state, a pariah among civilized jurisdictions?

Where is the outrage over the fact that the EU does 44 BILLION dollars worth of business with Texas? Where is the remembrance that there is a direct link between business and human rights?

Why is there no major effort to isolate Texas politically,culturally, and economically from the world?

Why must Texas be allowed to reap huge profits from relations with European businesses?

There is no immediate end in sight for the execution industry in Texas. MANY more will be exterminated here in the immediate and foreseeable future.

Texas has already liquidated 8 human beings thus far this year in the death chamber in Huntsville, and another 9 more face a similar fate before April 23, including 3 more this month.

Texas has now carried out 297 of the 830 executions in the USA since the death penalty was re-legalized in 1976.

PLEASE------do all that you can to put pressure on the appropriate business, political and cultural entities in Europe to get them TO STOP THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH TEXAS......

There is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER......NONE.......for maintaining relationships with Texas as long as the state willingly, openly, and defiantly ignores human rights standards and practices..

There can be NO COMPROMISE with the evil and barbarism of human executions. Texas has openly and repeated stated that it does not care about world opinion or international law.

Europe (and the rest of the civilized, pro-human rights world) must become much more aggressive and active in their rejection of ties with the free world's leading execution jurisdiction!!.

Human Rights Now! Stop Texas Executions!

By Rick Halperin President posted 11 Feb 03


Supreme Court Justice Blocks Execution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens blocked Indiana from putting to death its oldest death row inmate Tuesday to give the 71-year-old prisoner, who is partially deaf and blind, extra time to file federal appeals.

Stephen Romei: Death knell sounds for US capital law
GEORGE RYAN, outgoing governor of the US state of Illinois a republican who leaves office today, has put US capital punishment on the road to oblivion by commuting the sentences of all 167 of the state's death row inmates. Three were re-sentenced to 40 years' jail and the remaining 164 got life without parole.

Amnesty urges Bush to shut death row
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged US President George W. Bush to take a "moral stand" and abolish the death penalty after the Illinois Governor dramatically emptied that state's death row.