Françoise LEROY GARIOUD

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"By what right can we, in our time, carry out the death penalty? Execution debases its author who dares to kill the essential organ of life: the heart. The act reduces the executioner to the role of a common butcher. Vegetable chopper, butcher hooks, rope and darts evoque the machine which slaughters the animal and bleeds it in the same way that it murders the human being."
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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?

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