COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Reprieve teams up with Amnesty UK to fight death penalty

Amnesty International UK is joining forces with human rights charity Reprieve to raise awareness of World Against The Death Penalty Day on 10 October.

The tie-up is part of Amnesty UK's ongoing campaign to lobby for the abolition of the death penalty. The two organisations will mark World Against The Death Penalty Day by hosting an event focusing on the execution of child offenders in the US.

"The death penalty was abolished in the UK two decades ago, and is no longer an issue of real concern across Europe. It's easy for people to forget that this is still an important area for human rights campaigners," said Neil Durkin, spokesman for Amnesty International UK.

Speakers at the open forum event will include leading lawyers and anti-death penalty campaigners, as well as two mothers whose sons have been executed or are facing execution in the US.

"We are bringing across people whose lives have been directly affected by this policy of condemning juveniles to death," said Durkin. "Abolishing the death penalty is such a huge task that we wanted to focus on one area where we can see hope of real progress."

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