Success comes at a price and this week the price is three human lives, two in Texas and one in Georgia, thanks to Lundbeck‘s Pentobarbital.
The whole world has heard about Troy Davis in Georgia, but how many heard the names Cleve Foster or Lawrence Brewer lately? Evidently not many and certainly not enough.
While the European Union releases a statement calling for a commutation of Troy Davis’ death sentence and underlining that the death penalty represents an irreversible loss of human life (wow! sometimes one has to wonder if it’s worth paying taxes in the EU or if it’s worth electing those who went to university…); the same European Union has been sitting on the very issue of the US lethal injection protocols using a Danish drug since the beginning of 2011 and still has not voted on it, maybe next month… In the meantime, how many more executions?
So far great speeches, particularly when they tend to moralize the violators, have never saved anyone from execution.
Feel free to contact your EU representatives and tell them again, if you haven’t already done so, what you expect from the European Union.
Outrageously the EU stands by the Danish government and Lundbeck Inc.: a murderous complicity currently writing a shameful chapter in European history, a new little shop of horrors.
What we all noticed with the international mobilization in support of Troy Davis, at the detriment of others, raises a number of critical issues the abolitionist community at large must rapidly address. A lot could be said about a worldwide organization such as Amnesty International, which rules state it cannot get involved in individual cases, while running a worldwide campaign for Troy Davis for years (and that is good for him) but simultaneously ignoring hundreds of letters from death row prisoners who are left abandoned without support of any kind. Pleading and advocating for innocence, as the only possible way to get support, is not an abolitionist claim but a criminal justice issue. But it’s not surprising, considering how much AI has recently disengaged itself from the abolition cause, except of course when cameras and medias are around the corner.
What this worldwide movement tells us, is first of all: it is possible and secondly it needs to be done on a regular basis to bring the system to its knees until it disappears. NO ONE can be put to death in the name of “justice”.
This post is dedicated to all those on death row worldwide, with strong thoughts for Cleve Foster and Lawrence Brewer in Texas, as well as the 22 prisoners (including probably two juveniles) executed in Iran yesterday and a juvenile, the 17-year old Alireza Mollahasani, scheduled for public hanging in Tehran tomorrow morning.
Lundbeck is one of the horrifying and direct contributors to this nightmare; but one can only hope that public pressure will stop any European pharmaceutical laboratory from killing again. Let’s not forget that Lundbeck’s criminal negligence has so far led to the murders of 26 human beings in the United States.