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History of the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The GCADP was founded in Bonn in 1997 as an informal community of interested people who wanted to do something against the death penalty. 

In 1999 the formal foundation of an association was decided, statutes were formulated and an executive board was elected. The association is registered at the local court in Hamburg and was recognized as a non-profit organization by the tax authority Hamburg-Mitte-Altstadt on 13 July 2000. 

Since the year 2008 the German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is affiliated with the American organization NCADP, in 2010 the GCADP became a member of the WCADP . 

The members of the GCADP originate from different professions and age groups and live in various parts of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and the U.S.A. 

What unites us is our indignation about the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty and our decision to become active ourselves in the international fight against the death penalty.

The idea for the original logo of the GCADP arose in the summer of 1997 during the first meeting in Bonn.  As a model we used the highway symbol with an integrated logo, framed by the lettering of our German name ‘Initiative gegen die Todesstrafe' and ‘German Coalition Against The Death Penalty'. The design comes from Wiebke Karras from Hamburg. 

This first logo also showed the very strong focusing of our organization on the work against the death penalty in the U.S.A. at that time. Until today we closely co-operate with American groups and play a part in the fight against the death penalty in the U.S.A. Nevertheless the main focus of our organization has moved from the U.S.A. to the abolishment of the death penalty on a world-wide basis.

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