18th World Day Against the Death Penalty

The 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty is on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  The goal of World Day Against the Death Penalty is to raise awareness about the death penalty and advocate against the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a different location or topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are focusing on raising awareness about the right to effective legal counsel and consequences of ineffective legal counsel.

In the United States of America, the right to legal counsel is enshrined in the Constitution. Specifically, the 6th Amendment guarantees that criminal defendants have the right to legal counsel, that is, a lawyer during all stages, from their arrest, to during the trial, to post-trial appeals. Many other nations have similar rights to legal representation written in to their constitutions. However, the free legal services that are offered to those who cannot afford to pay for an attorney are often inferior, as the free attorneys are frequently overworked, underpaid, lack experience, and lack necessary resources to mount a through defense.

Unfortunately, not all nations have this guaranteed right to legal counsel in their constitutions, or uphold the right if it is in their constitution. There have been multiple reports over the years of people being sentenced to death throughout the world, without being given representation, or being given inadequate representation, such a lawyers falling asleep during trials, lawyers showing up to court drunk and/or hangover from their previous nights activities, and lawyers failing to research a case to provide a proper defense for their clients.

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc., ask that you remember those on death row throughout the world. Pray for them. Pray that they may find comfort in the Lord, if they have not already. Please pray that if they are not guilty of the crime(s) for which they have been convicted, their innocence will be revealed before they are executed.


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