Along with the Committee for Justice & Peace of the CBCK, about 10 religious and civic organizations came together to hold the World Day against the Death Penalty at the Conference Hall of the National Assembly of Korea on October 10, 2008. In this day, the participants made it clear that they would exert diverse efforts for Korea to become literally the abolitionist country. Last year the Amnesty International designated Korea as 'Abolitionist in Practice' Country, which means that there has been not a single execution during the past 10 years in Korea.
In this event with the theme 'Way of Life, Our Way', the participants prayed for the enactment of the 'Special Law against Death Penalty' within the session of the 18th National Assembly of Korea, so that Korea becomes the developed country in human rights up to its reputation.
Mr. Kim Yeong-ho, the National Assembly Speaker, said, "The dignity and value of human person begin from the right to life, which is the absolute unique value beyond all comparison. ····· I hope Korea becomes a country which 'legally' realize the 'precious value of human life' as well."
In his address for solidarity, Mr. Martin Uden, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, said, "Korea is writing now an impressive modern history in the area of human rights. ······ The abolishment of death penalty is not an easy matter, but I hope that Korea becomes the first country in Northeast Asia in its abolishment."
In his congratulatory address, Mr. Ahn Kyeong-hwan, President of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea, said, "In this year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the adaption of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, which is the most beautiful commitment of human beings. ······ I hope this year becomes the first year of the abolition of the death penalty in Korea, with the enactment of the Special Law against Death Penalty."