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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following letter to the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons in response to an announcement of the date of execution for Troy Davis.
CCR writes to ask you to prevent the execution of Troy Anthony Davis.
Capital punishment, as it is applied in the United States, is expensive, racist, arbitrary, fallible and a violation to the right to life.
As such, Davis’ execution must be prevented. There must also be an immediate abolition of the death penalty in the United States.
Though the U.S. had a leadership role in assembling the Universal Declaration, and in many of the drafts of critical human rights documents that followed, the United States continues to execute people. In announcing Davis’ execution date, the State of Georgia stands to join a long line of U.S. human rights violators and to become complicit in the commitment of human rights abuses and murder.
In light of the aforementioned reasons, we urge you to prevent Troy Davis’ execution and grant him clemency.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.