Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bonino says countries returning to death penalty a concern

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Rome, July 26 - An increase in the number of
countries returning to the death penalty is a concern, said
Foreign Minister Emma Bonino Friday.
"Countries that were in a de facto moratorium (on the death
penalty) are resuming executions," Bonino said during a
presentation of research by the non-government organization
Hands Off Cain.
It found that while the numbers of executions are falling,
several countries that had stopped applying death sentences were
backtracking.
Last year, seven countries resumed executions with at least
one reported in Botswana, nine in Gambia, seven in Japan, one
each in India and Pakistan.
Bonino appealed for a renewed effort to abolish executions
as the data showed that in 2012, almost 4,000 officially
recorded executions were conducted.
China led the way by carrying out about 3,000 of those,
which is believed to be a reduction of about 25% from the
previous year.
Iran placed second with 580 executions in 2012, followed by
Iraq at 129 and Saudi Arabia with 84.
The NGO says it hopes that a positive trend is developing
towards the abolition of the death penalty in the world, noting
that the raw numbers of executions have been dropping.
Compared with the almost 4,000 in 2012, there were 5,004 in
2011, at least 5,946 in 2010 and at least 5,741 in 2009, the
agency said.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano praised the
organization for its "tenacity" in tracking executions and
repeated Italy's opposition to the death penalty.
"Italy is a staunch supporter of human rights and civil
liberties. Our opposition to the death penalty stems from a
solid and ancient belief in the inviolability of the person," he
said in a statement.

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