Proud of Tuscany: the first state in the world to abolish the death penalty

The Feast of Tuscany (Festa della Toscana) is a feast held every year on November 30 in commemoration of the anniversary of the penal reform introduced on 30 November 1786 by the Grand-duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine.

As a result of this reform, Tuscany became the first state in the world to abolish the death penalty, one of the most uncivilized measures perpetuated up to this date by all world governments. November 30, therefore, opened a new chapter in the history of human civilisation from the eighteenth century onwards. Along with the abolition of the death penalty, the Grand-duchy of Tuscany also put an end to the use of physical torture and mutilation.

[source: Around Tuscany]
November 30th, 2014 by