Mental Health Problems and The Death Penalty
October 10, 2014, will be the sixth time that the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty has recognized the international problem of people suffering from mental illness being sentenced to death.
On 10 October 2014, the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty is drawing attention to people with mental health problems who are at risk of a death sentence or execution.
While opposing the death penalty absolutely, abolitionists are also committed to see existing international human rights standards implemented.
Among these is the requirement that persons with mental illness or intellectual disabilities should not face the death penalty.