In seguito alla consegna del libro di tre milioni di firme al Segretario dell'ONU Kofi Annan, il Consiglio della Città di New York ha voluto offrire alla Comunità di Sant'Egidio un riconoscimento pubblico per il suo impegno in difesa dei diritti umani e in particolare per fermare la pena di morte negli USA e nel mondo. Il 19 dicembre, alle ore 19,30, nella Sala del Consiglio della Città, nel corso di una cerimonia, semplice e solenne, ad una delegazione della Comunità, guidata da Andrea Bartoli, è stata consegnata una targa su pergamena con la motivazione del riconoscimento.
CITY OF NEW YORK
Whereas: The Council of the City of New York is proud to honor the Community of Sant’Egidio for its hard work and invaluable contribution to the movement for a worldwide moratorium of the death penalty; and
Whereas: At the dawn of the twenty-first century, while more than half of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, many nations still administer this cruel and barbarous sanction; and
Whereas: The fallibility of the legal process, whether the decision is rendered by judge or jury, and the irrevocable nature of capital punishment denies any potential remedy to those wrongly convicted; and
Whereas: Around the world, support is growing for “Moratorium 2000”, a campaign to obtain a moratorium on the death penalty in the United States and to apply pressure to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, where it is the biggest obstacle to a worldwide moratorium; and
Whereas: Now comprising, over 30,000 members, in more than 35 countries around the world, The Community of Sant’Egidio was founded in 1968 in the wake of the Second Vatican Council; and
Whereas: The Community of Sant’Egidio has transcended national, linguistic and cultural barriers in its effort to help conscientious voices around the world join together in rejection of the vengeful nature and cruel disposition of capital punishment; and
Whereas: Along with its sister organizations in the moratorium campaign, Amnesty international and Moratorium 2000, the Community of Sant’Egidio collected nearly three million signatures in support of their petition; now, therefore
Be it known: That the Council of the City of New York honors the
COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO
For its commitment to human rights and contributions to the Moratorium 2000 campaign.
Signed this 19th day of December in the year Two Thousand.
Bill Perkins, Margarita Lopez, Kathryn E.Freed, Council Members, Manhattan