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Human Rights Day
To be Observed Dec. 8
MAILED: Oct. 23, 1999|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student chapter of Amnesty International is sponsoring "A Millenial Celebration of Human Rights Day" with a panel discussion titled "The Death Penalty: A Violation of Human Rights."
The celebration will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Badger Room of Davies Center.
Panelists will be David Stamps and Yvonne Panetti. Stamps, of Eau Claire, is the vice chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. He has experience in local, national and international aspects of the death penalty. Recently, a good friend of his was executed in North Carolina. Stamps will discuss the case and the reality of the death penalty in the United States. His presentation also will compare and contrast U.S. practices with other countries.
Panetti, of Sheldon, will talk about her experiences with the Texas death penalty. Her son, Scott, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but the state of Texas refused to help with his treatment, saying Scott was not shown to be dangerous to himself or others. Scott then killed two people, and the state of Texas sentenced him to death, allowing him to defend himself without a lawyer.
The event is free and open to the public. A variety of letter-writing opportunities also will be available for anyone who wishes to participate in human rights work. Refreshments will be served.
Contact Susan Tarnowski, (715) 836-2025, or Cheryl Lochner-Wright, (715) 836-4411, for more information.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 23, 1999