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Bud Welch, president of the lobby group Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights.

Murder victims families fight the death penalty

Paul Hwang, Seoul

June 18 2010

Opponents of capital punishment are to receive a welcome show of support for their cause with a visit to Seoul by a delegation from a murder victims' family group campaigning against the death penalty

Three representatives of the US-based Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights (MVFHR), including its president Bud Welch, are to attend several anti-death penalty events during their stay June 19-22.

They will also deliver a speech titled "Don't Kill in our Names" at a Buddhist temple in Seoul on June 21.

Amnesty International Korea and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea's Committee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment invited the group as part of their efforts to abolish the death penalty and to offer support for families of murder victims and of those executed.

MVFHR is an international, non-governmental organization comprising family members of murder victims and of those executed, all of whom oppose the death penalty.

They view the death penalty as a profound violation of human rights.

MVFHR members say they have all suffered tragic loss in the past and that executing the killers of their loved ones has not helped heal their wounds.

The death penalty is not the way to pursue justice for victims, they say.

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