President Biden: Work to end executions I Iran and worldwide.

President Joseph R. Biden

Executions are on the rise in countries like Iran, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, including executions of people accused of participation in nonviolent protests against injustice in their countries. The United States appears on a list with countries executing their own people following show trials using confessions elicited under torture.

it is imperative that the United States distance itself from such practices.

President Biden has articulated a position advocating for the abolition of the federal death penalty in the United States. Presidential election campaign web page supported measures aimed at reducing and eliminating the use of capital punishment at the state level. We remain hopeful of such leadership.

BACKGROUND:

On December 15, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution with an overwhelming vote, 125-37-22, calling for a “Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty.”  The United States shamefully voted "NO." Click here to read the justification for the vote by the US Mission to the UN, which are absurd excuses given the fact that all Human Rights instruments are rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

At this time when executions are on the rise in countries like Iran, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, including executions of people accused of participation in nonviolent protests against injustice in their countries, it is imperative that the United States distance itself from such practices. The United States appears on a list with countries executing their own people following show trials using confessions elicited under torture. (Despite the nuance, the death penalty in the US is also a disgusting violation of human rights.)

We call upon President Biden to lament the US NO vote by United States representatives to the United Nations, who voted against the UN Resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. We further call upon President Biden to lead by example in ending the federal and military death penalty in the United States while supporting all possible measures aimed at halting executions anywhere in the world.    


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To: President Joseph R. Biden
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Executions are on the rise in countries like Iran, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, including executions of people accused of participation in nonviolent protests against injustice in their countries. The United States appears on a list with countries executing their own people following show trials using confessions elicited under torture.

it is imperative that the United States distance itself from such practices.

​​You have articulated a position advocating for the abolition of the federal death penalty in the United States. Your campaign web page supported measures aimed at reducing and eliminating the use of capital punishment at the state level. We remain hopeful of such leadership.

We call upon you, President Biden to lament​ the US NO vote on the UN Resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. We further call upon you to lead by example in ending the federal and military death penalty in the United States while supporting all possible measures toward halting executions of protesters (or actual criminals) anywhere in the world.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter,