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Against the Death Penalty

I have read with great interest your editorial “The Case against the Death Sentence” (EPW, 15 May 2010). All rightthinking persons would agree with your view that whatever the crime, there is no place in a civilised society for capital punishment. Amnesty International (AI) believes that the “death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights” and “violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

According to data available with AI, in 2009, 18 countries were known to have carried out executions, “killing a total of at least 714 people”. The figure excludes the thousands of executions likely to have taken place in China, which refuses to divulge fi gures.

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