Amnesty International Hungary Calls for Stopping Execution of Troy Davis

redjade Csü, 2009-05-21 11:05

Amnesty International Hungary calls for an end to the death penalty and justice for Troy Davis

On Tuesday, May 19, Amnesty International Hungary activists joined in a Global Day of Action in support of Troy Davis, an African-American man who was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of a police officer in the United States, despite strong evidence suggesting he is innocent. Carrying signs and wearing pictures of Troy Davis on their white t-shirts, the AI-HU activists led a “Solidarity Walk” through downtown Budapest, from Vörösmarty Tér to the US Embassy. They handed out flyers and information sheets to passers-by, and paused near the Gödör Klub at Deák tér, and in Szent István tér in front of Szent István Basilica, to reach out to as many people as possible. In Szabadsag ter, as the activists assembled in view of the US Embassy, representatives from several news outlets, including Duna TV, Magyar Nemzet, and Hungarian news agency MTI, were on hand to report the story. (Click to view the Duna TV report.)

The Global Day of Action mobilized worldwide opposition to the death penalty in support of Davis, whose case is a particularly egregious example of the inherent injustice of the death penalty. There are several serious and fundamental flaws in his case. No murder weapon or direct evidence was ever found connecting Davis to the murder. Many of the “witnesses” at the original trial have since recanted, saying that police pressured them to implicate Davis. Several witnesses have also implicated another man. Nevertheless, throughout Troy Davis’ long battle to fight his conviction, the courts have focused mainly on procedural issues, while important evidence that he is actually innocent of the crime has not been examined.

With their action, the AI-HU activists added their voices to those of thousands of others, from Argentina to Uganda, as well as all 50 US states, united in their opposition to the death penalty, and calling on the US to deliver justice for Troy Davis.

To learn more about Troy Davis’ case, visit some of the links below:

Amnesty International Hungary activism blog (HungarianEnglish)

Amnesty International US Global Day of Action press release

Where Is The Justice For Me”: Amnesty International report

Amnesty International Troy Davis Online Action Center

Amnesty International death penalty issue page

Amnesty International Hungary homepage:

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