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JAPAN: MINISTER- IT WON’T BE EASY BUT WE WILL ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY

December 2, 2009: the Japanese Government will work to abolish the death penalty, Financial Services and Postal Reform Minister Shizuka Kamei said. He added that “the journey isn’t easy and the road is steep,” considering that 80% of the population are in favour of capital punishment.
Kamei, a member of Yukio Hatoyama’s Democratic Government, was guest of honour at a conference on the death penalty from the European and Asian perspective. The conference was promoted in Tokyo by the European Union delegation in Japan, the Swedish Embassy and Waseda University.
“It is the first time that a minister has expressed this in public”, secretary of the Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Hirotami Murakashi, told Ansa. The group has hundreds of members, including politicians and senators, from every political division.
The Minister, who is the president of the League, explained that they are conditions “for a new and extraordinary era and for the writing of a new chapter of human rights in Japan.”
Criticising the politics of ex-liberal democratic premier Junichiro Koizumi, Kamei said “We must go further and work for a better life.” Hatoyama launched the concept of 'brotherhood', and furthermore there is a new Justice Minister, Keiko Chiba, who formally left the League after becoming a minister.”
They are all conditions because to have a de facto moratorium, the first step would be to approve a law that introduces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
“It would be a mile stone because at this point life imprisonment makes the death penalty useless. I will continue to do my best to abolish the death penalty, in line with the international trend.” (Sources: ANSA, 02/12/2009)

IRAN: DISSIDENT HANGED, RIOT BREAKS OUT IN KARAJ JAIL
CHINA: BRITON EXECUTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
EGYPT: THREE MEN TO HANG OVER RAPE AND ROBBERY
IRAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TEHRAN
VIETNAM CHARGES HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
MALAYSIA: MAN TO HANG FOR TRAFFICKING
ETHIOPIA: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER ASSASSINATION PLOT
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED FOR STABBING FATHER TO DEATH
IRAN: THREE MEN HANGED
HOC CONGRESS IV GENERAL MOTION
IRAN: THE MINOR OFFENDER MOSLEH ZAMANI AND FOUR OTHERS WERE EXECUTED
PA: SECOND PALESTINIAN CONFERENCE AGAINST DEATH PENALTY HELD IN RAMALLAH
IRAN: FOUR EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: FIVE MEN HANGED
EUROPEAN UNION CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
BELARUS: MORE TIME NEEDED FOR MORATORIUM
IRAN: MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER HANGED
KUWAIT: EGYPTIAN BUTCHER GIVEN DEATH FOR PREMEDITATED MURDER
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
INDIANA (USA): INMATE EXECUTED FOR 1994 KILLINGS
CHINA: WOMAN EXECUTED OVER CHILD PROSTITUTION
IRAN: TEN MEN FACE EXECUTION FOR SODOMY
EGYPT SAYS IT WILL NOT ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
UGANDA TO DROP DEATH PENALTY FOR GAYS
USA: NEW EXECUTION METHOD IS USED IN OHIO
CHINA: ROGUE TRADER EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED AND CRUCIFIED
CHINA: THREE MORE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER ETHNIC RIOTS
CHINA ANNOUNCES MORE DEATH SENTENCES FOR XINJIANG RIOT
TEXAS EXECUTES LOW-IQ CONVICTED KILLER

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