For Immediate Release
In Final Days Before Troy Davis Execution Date, Concerned Public Worldwide Demands Action
More than 25 Solidarity Rallies Take Place in United States and Abroad
ATLANTA, Georgia - As the scheduled execution date
for Troy Anthony Davis fast approaches, national and international support
for Davis is on the rise, with the public demonstrating its outrage over
the refusal to hear evidence in Davis' favor, Amnesty International USA
(AIUSA) reported today.
Amnesty International has mobilized its worldwide
membership during its "Global Days of Action for Troy Davis" from now
through Oct. 27. To date, rallies are scheduled to be held in 15
cities across the United States, including Atlanta; Tempe, AZ; Palm Springs,
CA; Colorado Springs, CO as well as in Canada, France, the United Kingdom,
Belgium, Finland and Italy (for the complete list, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/troy.)
"This upsurge of support is proof-positive
that conscientious citizens will not back down in the face of adversity
when a gross injustice is about to be committed," said Larry Cox, executive
director of AIUSA, as he prepared to address hundreds at a rally in Atlanta
Thursday evening. "They can see through the detractors who are attempting
to muddy the waters in Davis' final days, and refuse to accept the notion
that, in the United States of America, evidence indicating a man's innocence
does not matter."
The rallies, which have been planned throughout
the week, come as the Troy Davis legal team has requested to file a second
habeas petition in the 11th Circuit, and clergy from Georgia
and beyond are signing an appeal to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, urging
him to exert his influence with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
and ask them to grant clemency in this case.
Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed on
Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing
Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Authorities failed to
produce a murder weapon or any physical evidence tying Davis to the crime.
In addition, seven of the nine original state witnesses have since
recanted or changed their initial testimonies in sworn affidavits. In
March 2008, the Georgia Supreme Court decided against a new evidentiary
hearing for Davis in a narrow 4-3 ruling, and earlier this month, the U.S.
Supreme Court denied his petition for a writ of certiorari.
"There are obvious questions of potential
innocence that demand attention," said Jared Feuer, Southern regional
director of AIUSA. "The state of Georgia must understand the seriousness
of this case and prevent the execution of Mr. Davis if it is to preserve
the public's faith in our justice system."
Since the launch of its February 2007 report,
Where Is the Justice for Me? The Case of Troy Davis, Facing Execution
in Georgia, Amnesty International has campaigned intensively for clemency
for Davis, collecting well over 300,000 petition signatures and letters
from across the United States and around the world. To date, internationally
known figures such as the Pope, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter
have all joined the call for clemency, as well as lawmakers from within
and outside of Georgia.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters,
activists and volunteers in over 150 countries campaigning for human rights
worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
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For more information on the death penalty,
please visit www.amnestyusa.org/troy.
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