The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. It is irrevocable, and where criminal justice systems are open to error or discrimination, the death penalty will inevitably be inflicted on the innocent.
This paper takes a country-by-country approach and focuses on:
- The legal framework of the death penalty and its alternative sanction (life imprisonment).
- Implementation of the sentence, including an analysis of fair trial standards.
- Statistical information on the application of the death penalty/life imprisonment.
- Application of the sentence including an analysis of the conditions of imprisonment.
- Criminal justice reform processes in each country.
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