Sant’Egidio brings the voice of Africa and Asia to the World Congress against the Death Penalty

Testimonies and proposals in no_death_penaltyregards to the situation of Congo and Indonesia, the experience of Cities for Life, and from South Africa a warm greeting and support from the Archbishop Desmond Tutu – winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Text and Video 


The Community of Sant’Egidio participated in the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty in Oslo, which took place from June 21st to June 23rd, 2016. There were delegations of the Community from Italy, Congo, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and Indonesia, all of which contributed to the Congress and presented the Community’s initiative, Cities for Life and tracing the discussions of the International Congress of Ministers of Justice organized by the Community.

Upon hearing of the Community’s presence in Oslo, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu sent a message of support saying he was “proud of the great work the Community carries out.”

Through a Video Message, Pope Francis appeals to all the authorities, associations, activists, and civil societies present in Oslo for the World Congress against the Death Penalty. Read his words here.