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Pressure mounts for global moratorium on use of the death penalty by 2015

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1202 (Published 04 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1202
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    More than one thousand delegates and human rights experts have called for a global moratorium on death penalty executions by 2015, with a view to eventually achieving a universal ban on capital punishment.

    The declaration, which was made at the end of the three day 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, also stated there was an “urgent need” to intensify efforts in the courts, governments, and international organisations to continue to encourage retentionist countries to scrap the death penalty in law.

    In the meantime the declaration urges those countries that continue to use the death penalty …

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