Business leaders from different sectors and spanning multiple continents are joining forces to call for an end to the death penalty, urging governments to eradicate death sentences, impose moratoria on executions, and support ballot initiatives to end capital punishment for good.
The 21 Titans treaty
Led by Virgin Group’s founder Richard Branson, the group has pledged to accelerate the work of anti-capital punishment advocates, activists, and lawyers. Around 21 business leaders have called for the abolishment of execution.
The Business Leaders Against the Death Penalty Declaration is signed by key figures from the global business community who individually represent numerous sectors, countries, cultures, and values. They have come together now because they all agree on one thing: the death penalty must end. Other signatories include Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe; Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream; Mike Novo Gratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners; and Strive Masiyiwa, founder and executive chairman of Econet Group, among others. These major contributors to the global economy commit to be vocal and reach to help end capital punishment.
Abolishment of capital punishment is a critical step towards racial and social equality, the declaration emphasizes. In many countries, ethnic minorities and the poor are still sentenced to death. Unhuman rights called on President JoeBiden to take action against the flawed form of punishment that disproportionately impacts African-Americans.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The death penalty is the ultimate, cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. It breaches human rights. Execution is an irrevocable punishment; it will not deter crime. There is no evidence of its effectiveness in crime reduction. Apart from being discriminating, it is also biased which is why it is used as a tool in the skewed justice systems.
- Organizations should be set up to campaign abolishment of the death penalty. It should oppose the traits of execution send to hold the government accountable for the cruel punishment. This will strengthen national and international standards of human rights and promote the successful adoption of a resolution on the moratorium of the death penalty.