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April 2003 , Page 08 

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NACDL News: Mexican President Fox given Champion of Justice award from NACDL for advocacy against death penalty

By Daniel Dodson

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NACDL presented its Champion of Justice award to Mexican President Vicente Fox at a ceremony during its annual Spring Meeting in Mexico. Subsecretary for Human Rights and Democracy Mariclaire Acosta traveled to Cancun to accept the award on Fox’s behalf.

“The abolition of the death penalty contributes to achieving human dignity and progressive development of human rights,” said Acosta in accepting the award for Fox. “This is a joint task that needs the participation of all governments, of the international community, and of organizations like [NACDL] to bring about for all citizens the abolition of the death penalty in any country where it currently exists.”

Sandra Babcock, an NACDL member who serves as chief counsel for the Mexican government in cases seeking to convince the United States to honor international due process rights in death penalty cases, said Fox deserves the award. “President Fox has done more than any other world leader to promote respect for international law in the i

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