Friday, December 02, 2005

Bad, Bad Company

China Daily: In North Carolina, "Convicted killer Kenneth Lee Boyd was executed early Friday, becoming the 1,000th prisoner put to death since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976."

Bloomberg: "The European Union, most of South America and Canada have abolished the death penalty, said Stanford's Marshall, a former legal director of Northwestern University's Center for Wrongful Convictions. "The U.S. is 'out of sync with its natural allies' on the issue, Marshall said. 'It's only a matter of time until' it abolishes capital punishment."

Reuters: "[O]nly China, Iran and Vietnam held more executions in 2004 than the United States, according to rights group Amnesty International."

The Australian: "For any state to kill a convicted criminal already imprisoned and incapable of doing further harm, is desperately cruel. * * * And the leaders of countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, from China to Singapore, that allow executions, are deficient in humanity and reason. The death penalty is wrong - no ifs, no buts."

Amnesty International: Countries that retain capital punishment (current as of Oct. 4, 2005):
Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Korea (North), Korea (South), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Christopher & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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