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January 1 1970

PRESS RELEASE: Big steps to make the capital punishment smaller

 
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Three relevant facts happened in the last days on the road of the abolition of the capital punishment and of a higher threshold of justice, capable of respect for life, counterbalancing the decision of Japan of issuing new death sentences: 

1) The legal end of the capital punishment in Kazakhstan, enacted at the completion of a process, first announced in 2007 at the international Meeting for the peace of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Naples by the President of the Senate of that country and by the support to the UN Resolution;

2) The introduction of the Legal office for the capital punishment by the State of Texas, to help the recourse in appeal of the sentenced to death that because of the poor legal defence loose the possibility of respecting the legal expiration terms for their appeals;

3) The announcement of the vice President of the Chinese Supreme Court Zhang Jun of the choice of the Court of to turn more often to the "capital punishment with commutation", "to reduce in considerable manner the number of the executions".  It is an important fact, that follows the reduction of the known executions of the last two years by 15 percent in 2007 and 10 percent in 2008, for the refusal of confirmation of the Supreme Court to the requests of the inferior courts. 

These are important signals that need be welcomed with favor so that an universal moratorium and to the global refusal of the executions may be achieved, at least for those who were minor at the moment of the offenses, for the disabled mental, for the pregnant women, already refused by a large part of the conscience of the world.


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