Thursday, September 10, 2009

Can nations with death penalties contribute to world peace?

Today Amnesty International called for Japan to abolish its death penalty––stating that Japan continues to execute mentally ill prisoners.

Over two thirds of the world's countries have abolished capital punishment either in law or practice. Only a few industrialized countries (notably the U.S. and China, as well as Japan) use it.

These Asian countries also maintain the death penalty: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

These Asian countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes: Cambodia, 1989; Hong Kong, 1993; Nepal, 1997; Bhutan, 2004; Philippines, 2006; and Uzbekistan, 2008.

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