Why join the UADP Network?
The number of countries that have abolished death penalty have risen from 21 nations in 1970 to 106 in March 2013. Still, some countries hold on to the possibility of using death penalty, or at least have not been able to get a political agreement to abolish it.
Only seven countries have regularly executed 10 or more citizens every year for the past decade: China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Yemen, and the USA.
There is significant activity against death penalty on the political level - through the UN, through bilateral dialogues and through national and international NGO's. However we believe that this struggle should be strengthened and complemented with a struggle on the level of universities.
Taking the research seriously
Universities have produced the research that overwhelmingly shows there is no scientific ground for claiming that death penalty has a greater effect on homicides than long prison sentences. They have also evaluated the broad range of serious collateral damage that springs from the criminal justice institution constructed for the purpose of the state killing. It is time to take seriously the results of this massive research.
Protecting the academic freedom
In many countries where death penalty is still practiced, this is a question that is not open for free discussion. In fact, fighting against death penalty can itself be judged worthy of the death penalty. The struggle against death penalty is therefore also important for the realization of free speech and academic freedom and is therefore fundamental for the free universities themselves.