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The abolition of the death penalty in the world and of the life sentence as denial of constitutional principles

Round table

University of Padua, Monday 30 March 2015, at 3.30 pm

Each year the Association Hands off Cain publishes its annual Report on the death penalty worldwide in order to present the most important facts related capital punishment and to show the most recent developments in the ongoing debate on this matter.

Each annual Report is dedicated to a person, who, above all others, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment in the struggle for the abolition of the death penalty: in 2014 the Abolitionist Award has been conferred upon Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin.

The round table intends to offer an occasion to reflect on the extent of the death penalty and the life sentence throughout the world as well as on the efforts made by the countries and territories which have abolished the death penalty de facto or de jure, or which have signed a moratorium on executions.

In particular, the round table aims at deepening the worldwide impact of these practices which violate the right to life and other fundamental rights, at identifying the main challenges which prevent their abolition and exploring all possible means to reach their definitive eradication.

This initiative is promoted by the Association Hands off Cain, in cooperation with the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua.

For further information, please send an email to nessunotocchicaino.padova@gmail.com.


Welcome Speech

Marco Mascia, Director of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua

Flavio Rodeghiero, Councillor for Culture, Municipality of Padua

Maria Grazia Lucchiari, Hands off Cain, Padua


Elisabetta Zamparutti, Treasurer of Hands Off Cain, former MP

Father Guido Bertagna, Member of the Board of Directors of Hands off Cain

Paolo De Stefani, Professor of international protection of human rights, first cycle degree course in Political sciences, international relations, human rights, University of Padua

Davide Galliani, Professor of fundamental rights, first cycle degree in Social sciences for globalisation, University of Milan

Vittorio Borraccetti, Judge, former Member of the Superior Judicial Council

Gian Antonio Stella, Journalist and Writer

Rita Bernardini, Secretary of the Italian Radicals, former MP


Alessandra Mercanzin, Journalist of 7Gold Telepadova


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