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DEATH PENALTY. HANDS OFF CAIN PRESENT 2007 REPORT

August 30, 2007: it is only a few weeks from the presentation of a resolution on the Universal Moratorium on Capital Punishment at the UN General Assembly by the European Union, an initiative that was inspired by Italy, Hands Off Cain has released its 2007 Report on Capital Punishment in the world, and the picture it paints is chilling.
Notwithstanding protests and humanitarian initiatives, many countries of the world still execute children. And in 2006 the number of countries that employ capital punishment increased from 24 in 2005 to 27. In 2006, there were at least 5,628 executions as compared with 5,494 in 2005. Capital punishment still exists in many Islamic regimes, in some democracies, and even in a European country (Belarus).
Among the 51 countries that still employ capital punishment, China, Iran and Pakistan take the record for executions: at least 5000, 215 and 82 respectively. In 2006 in Iran, seven minors were executed. The United States have put to death 53 people, slightly less than the year before. Between June 30th, 2005, and June 30th, 2006, five executions took place in Belarus. However the surprise comes from Africa, the continent of tribal struggles and uncontrollable genocides. While it is true that there were 80 documented executions in 2006, a sharp increase on the 19 of 2005, it is also true that numerous countries are in favour of the resolution on capital punishment, as Prime Minister Romano Prodi revealed in the introduction of the Hands Off Cain Report.
The Prime Minister describes the commitment in Africa as extraordinary, citing that South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda (whose people have recently witnessed the most serious violations of international human rights) have joined our global campaign. Confirming this is the recognition given to Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, with the prize of 'Abolitionist of the Year 2007'. It was awarded by Hands Off Cain as an acknowledgement to the person who, more than anyone else, committed themselves to the moratorium on capital punishment and the abolition of the death penalty. Kagame is also the author of the Report's preface, in which he notes that 'Rwandans have defeated the leadership responsible for the genocide (the Hutu), the State and the culture of impunity'.
According to Hands Off Cain, 'the abolition of the death penalty and the support of the campaign for the Universal Moratorium on capital punishment are acts of extraordinary symbolic value. Rwanda has symbolically demonstrated to the world that it is possible to break the absurd cycle of revenge, and that justice and legality aren't achieved with capital punishment.

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HANDS OFF CAIN PRESENTS IT'S ANNUAL REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY
MALTA AGREES TO SIGN DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM PROPOSAL
SOMALIA: GOVT SOLDIER EXECUTED FOR MURDERING COMRADE
JAPAN INCREASES HANGINGS TO EASE DEATH ROW OVERCROWDING
SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADS YOUTH CONVICTED OF MURDERING STEPMOTHER WHILE A MINOR
CHINA: TWO EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN HANGS 3 FOR RAPE IN LATEST PUBLIC EXECUTION
CONGO: PRESIDENT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF 17 PRISONERS
MALAYSIA: INDONESIAN WORKER IN MALAYSIA ACQUITTED DUE TO INSANITY
ETHIOPIA. ARMY MAJOR EXECUTED FOR MURDERING SPY BOSS
ITALY. PRODI DEFENDS CRITICISM OF IRANIAN EXECUTIONS
MONGOLIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF BANKER UPHELD
TEHRAN REJECTS EU PROTESTS OVER INCREASE IN EXECUTIONS
5 PAKISTANIS, NIGERIAN BEHEADED IN SAUDI ARABIA
ITALY. CONCERN OVER EXECUTIONS IN IRAN
BAHRAIN. MP CALLS FOR SCRAPPING OF DEATH PENALTY
ZAMBIA. PRESIDENT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF 97 PRISONERS
IRAN. NINE HANGED FOR RAPE, ROBBERY, OTHER CRIMES
KENYA. DEATH PENALTY HERE TO STAY, MP’S DECIDE
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