On the 10th Anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa

23 September 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY from US Human Rights Network

Former UN Assistant Secretary General for the Center Against Apartheid, E.S. Reddy, opens the Durban +10 Coalition program on the 10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA).

 New York City – The Durban +10 Coalition, convened by the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) and World Against Racism Network (WARN), ran its grassroots anti-racist program in NYC from September 19-21, 2011. The program opened with the words of E. S. Reddy, former UN Assistant Secretary General for the Center Against Apartheid:

We are not looking to persuade Western governments that ending racism is to their advantage. These governments and the corporations that they support and are supported by profit from global racism. We want to communicate to them that this is a war – a war for our basic human rights and dignity. We want to work with students and communities to raise hell, we want to go to local and state governments and raise hell, and we want to raise hell on national and international levels as well.

Indeed, the execution of Troy Davis on the eve of the anniversary of the DDPA nonetheless, could be read as a blatant exercise of white supremacy by sectors of the US government – an unapologetic willingness to continue its long history of institutionalized racism.

In the words of Mireille Fanon-Mendes, of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and Member of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and daughter of Algerian revolutionary and famed author Frantz Fanon:

Human rights law should be an instrument of transformation. The law is transformed by how it is used and interpreted. How can we move the law? The law is between our hands, it is not in the hands of the State alone. Continue reading

A Nepali Maoist Speaks on the Lynching of Troy Davis

[On the day the State of Georgia murdered Troy Davis, and the first Black President kept silent and did nothing, protests occurred all over the world. Even in a remote village in Nepal, the word was heard about this outrageous criminal act of state violence.  A young Nepali Maoist, Uday Magar from Thewang in Rolpa, the village where the Nepali people’s war began,  is among those who advocate for the continuation of the Nepalese revolution.  He wrote a statement on the lynching of Troy Davis in the United States.  We thank the blog Winter Has Its End for bringing this to our attention. — Frontlines ed.]

by Uday Magar

We are shocked by this brutal act of America. We can prove that it is America who is guilty of murdering our friend, TROY DAVIS.

The question is: who is going to punish the murderer? The answer is: US.

A part of America is occupied by machines that reject love and justice. Even after it was proven that TROY DAVIS is an innocent man, he was inhumanly murdered. It’s crystal clear that America cruelly kills every hope that is likely to oppose it. It mercilessy murders the minds that show signs of opposition to its plans.

We are one with the big part of America that favours a society free of domination and discrimination in the name of race,color, caste, and class.

We are one Troy Davis who has bee murdered. We are all Troy Davis, and we will not die silently, but instead struggle strongly to establish the only nation in our imagination – A NATION OF WORKERS

YOUTH OF THE WORLD-UNITE!

After a brief delay, Troy Davis–and justice–is executed in Georgia

In his final words before execution, Troy Davis maintains his innocence in killing of officer

By Associated Press

Wednesday, September 21, 11:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia inmate Troy Davis maintained his innocence until the very end, saying he did not kill an off-duty officer in 1989.

Davis made his final statement as he was strapped to a gurney. He was executedat 11:08 p.m. Wednesday. Davis told the family of officer Mark MacPhail that he did not kill their son, father and brother.

He said the incident that happened that night was not his fault and he didn’t have a gun. Davis’ claims of innocence drew worldwide support from hundreds of thousands of people. Courts, however, consistently ruled against him.

MacPhail’s family believes Davis was guilty.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press
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There was a demonstration outside the prison

BBC

21 September 2011

Troy Davis is executed in Georgia for shooting policeman

Death row inmate Troy Davis has been executed in the US state of Georgia for the fatal shooting of policeman Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Death row inmate Troy Davis has been executed in the US state of Georgia for the fatal shooting of policeman Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Davis’ death was delayed for hours while the US Supreme Court considered an 11th-hour appeal for clemency.

The 42-year-old’s case was heavily disputed after most of the witnesses recanted or changed their testimony. Continue reading

Protests for inmate Troy Davis staged worldwide

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis has sparked protests worldwide from Savannah, where Davis was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer 20 years ago, to one planned in Paris.

After four years of legal battles, Wednesday appeared to be the last chance for his supporters and anti-death penalty advocates to rally in an effort to spare his life.

“We’re trying everything we can do, everything under the law,” said Chester Dunham, a Savannah civil rights activist and talk show host.

Davis, 42, was to die by lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah officer killed while working off-duty as a security guard. MacPhail was rushing to help a homeless man being attacked when he was shot twice.

Davis has insisted he’s innocent and his pending execution has been stopped three times since 2007. In the process, he’s gained thousands of supporters worldwide.

In Savannah, Dunham was among 16 Davis supporters who gathered outside the Chatham County courthouse Wednesday morning to press District Attorney Larry Chisolm to stop the execution. They delivered three boxes of petitions to the prosecutor’s office, saying they had 240,000 signatures supporting clemency for Davis.

Chisolm has said he’s powerless to override an execution order for Davis signed by a state Superior Court judge. But activists are still pressuring him, insisting he has enough influence to sway Georgia officials to back down from executing Davis.

In Jackson, home to the prison housing Georgia’s death row, the Rev. Al Sharpton planned to lead a prayer rally Wednesday afternoon.

After that, prison officials planned to allow a small group of demonstrators to gather inside the prison’s perimeter fence, just outside the walls, before the scheduled execution at 7 p.m. Eastern. A large crowd was expected to also gather outside.

In Europe, where plans to execute Davis have drawn widespread criticism, lawmakers and activists were making a last-minute appeal to Georgia officials to spare the inmate. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday.

Renate Wohlwend of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly noted doubts raised about Davis’ conviction. She said that “to carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice.”

Only hours remain–Act Now to Stop the Execution of an innocent Black man in Georgia

NAACP
In moments of immense sadness, moments that shake the foundation of our faith in the justice system and mankind, adequate words are scarce.

Today, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles co-signed on the decision to execute Troy Davis.

Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to his innocence — evidence that prompted former FBI Director William Sessions and more than a million others to write in support of clemency — Troy’s execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.

His family has been moved by the efforts of the NAACP and supporters around the world. They have asked us to express their thanks to you personally.

They also asked us to tell you that this is not the hour to give up.

For the past two decades that Troy has been on death row, miracles have interceded at crucial moments. Can you help us make a miracle happen now?

Please stand with Troy and his family. Tell District Attorney Larry Chisolm that he has to intercede:

http://action.naacp.org/Ask-DA-Chisolm-To-Help

Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm is the man who requested the death warrant against Troy Davis. He’s the glue that holds the case together and, even after today’s news, he remains in a unique position to petition the judge to withdraw the death warrant against Troy. It’s a long shot, but it’s Troy’s best hope.

Please, our last hope is to change the heart of District Attorney Chisolm. Sign today, and we will make sure that every name is hand delivered to his office:

http://action.naacp.org/Ask-DA-Chisolm-To-Help Continue reading

Amnesty International: “Don’t Let Georgia Kill Troy Davis!”

Troy Davis about to be killed by the State of Georgia

AmnestyUSA on Jan 21, 2009
Troy Davis faces execution for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia, despite a strong claim of innocence.
7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has voted to deny clemency, yet Governor Perdue can still stop this execution of Troy Davis.
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Amnesty International, September 7, 2011
Troy Davis

Troy Davis

The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year.  But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent.

However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate.  In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.

Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.

One witness said in a CNN news interview:

“If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

I know it’s difficult to believe that a system of justice could be so terribly flawed, but keep in mind that Troy has survived three previous execution dates, because people like you kept the justice system in check! 

We’ve been bracing for this moment and the time for action is now!  Here’s what you can do to join the fight:

1. Sign our petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to grant clemency!  We’ll deliver your signatures next week.

2. Organize locally for Troy: Take to the streets with us. Soon we’ll be announcing the date for the official Troy Davis Day of Action. Sign up now to rally in the coming days to stop the execution of Troy Davis.

3. Join our #TooMuchDoubt Twitter campaign:  Spread the word about this injustice by tweeting a “Doubt a Day” about Troy’s story.   Continue reading