Our 2010 project asked for the universal abolition of the death penalty.
For us it’s simple. The death penalty is a violation of human rights. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” How does that fit with beheading, stoning, hanging, lethally injecting or shooting someone?
The problem is that there’s no going back on a death sentence. And in a world where every judicial system makes mistakes, it’s inevitable that innocent people will be executed. Which is simply not acceptable. More than two thirds of countries in the world agree, and have banned executions.
Sadly, shamefully, 58 still persist in killing people in the name of “justice.”
In 2009, countries with the highest number of executions were Iran (with at least 388 executions), Iraq (at least 120), Saudi Arabia (at least 69), and the United States (52).
In China information regarding the death penalty remains a secret, but estimates show that China executes more people than the rest of the world combined.

But there is hope - the number of people being executed around the world appears to be declining. And in December 2010 the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a third resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The result is that the Secretary-General is requested to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-seventh session on the implementation of this third resolution.
So while this isn't the perfect result we were hoping for, it represents significant progress. We can now see the beginnings of a genuine global movement towards abolition - and that can only be a good thing.
We'd like to congratulate everyone who was worked towards this together with us.

FROM APRIL 10 2010 TO JULY 22 2010

We invited the global creative community to send in posters to our website from April 10 2010. Our call for entries closed on July 22 2010.

2094 POSTERS FOR 67 COUNTRIES

We received 2094 posters from five continents.

12 DESIGNERS FOR 100 BEST POSTERS

Our jury included internationally renowned graphic designers like Michel Bouvet, Fang Chen, Kiko Farkas, Zelda Harrison, Ayse Karamustafa, Yossi Lemel, Alain LeQuernec, Saki Mafundikwa, Wasilewski Mieczyslaw, Ahn Sang Soo, Guy Schockaert, Parisa Tashakori and Lucille Tenazas. They selected the best 100 entries collected in an exhibition and in a catalogue. The catalogue included comments from experts in the field of human rights such as Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle from Oxford University and the human rights focused charity FIDH.

3 WORKSHOPS AND 10 POSTERS IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

We reward the 10 most outstanding designs, as chosen by the jury, by making them part of the permanent collection of the prestigious design museums in the list below:
Dansk Plakatmuseum, Design Museum Gent, Graphic Design Museum Breda, Lahti Poster Museum, Les Arts Décoratifs, Museum für Gestaltung, Political Graphics, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wilanów Poster Museum.

École intuit/lab in Paris awarded three students with a free workshop on graphic design.

WORLDWIDE OPENING ON 10.10.10

The “Death is not Justice” exhibitions organised by poster for tomorrow opened in 50 locations around the world. We fell short of our 100 cities objective, but we can’t really complain..
Our opening celebration was hosted at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Other exhibitions were held in cities as Strasbourg, Beirut, Minsk and many others, also thanks to our partners the Council of Europe and the World Coalition against Death Penalty.
The exhibitions displaied the 100 best posters out of the 2094 we received from 81 countries around the world. You can see some pictures from the events on our flickr page.

6 ENDORSEMENTS

The projects was endorsed by charities such as Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, FIDH, LDDHI. We’ve also been granted the endorsements of two international organizations, the Council of Europe and the French Commission for UNESCO.


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Death is not justice

Our 2010 project asked for the universal abolition of the death penalty.
For us it’s simple. The death penalty is a violation of human rights. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” How does that fit with beheading, stoning, hanging, lethally injecting or shooting someone?