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EU 'REGRETS' JAPAN EXECUTIONS, URGES MORATORIUM

March 29, 2012: The European Union voiced "regret" at Japan's resumption of capital punishment after a 20-month break, urging Tokyo to impose a moratorium on the death penalty, pending abolition.
"The EU deeply regrets the execution of Yasuaki Uwabe, Tomoyuki Furusawa and Yasutoshi Matsuda on 29 March 2012, and the fact that this marks the resumption of executions in Japan after twenty months during which none took place," the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
The EU renewed its call on the Japanese authorities "for a moratorium on the application of the death penalty, pending its complete legal abolition. This would bring Japan into line with the worldwide trend away from the death penalty," she added.
Japan on 29 March resumed its use of capital punishment with the hangings of Uwabe, Furusawa and Matsuda, all convicted of multiple murders.
The convicts went to the gallows on the orders of the justice minister, who said he was acting in line with public opinion, which overwhelmingly supports the death penalty.
Meanwhile the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) strongly condemned the executions, accusing Tokyo of defying the international community.
The British EU foreign policy chief said in her statement that the European Union considers the death penalty to be "cruel and inhuman and that its abolition is essential to protect human dignity."
She stressed that Japan and the EU are "close partners on a wide range of human rights concerns around the world." (Sources: eubusiness.com, 29/03/2012)

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: MINISTERS IN FAVOR OF AN IRREVERSIBLE MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
INDIA: MAN GETS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR KIDNAPPING, MURDER
JAPAN: PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA STANDS BY USE OF DEATH PENALTY
INDIA: AKALI DAL PARTY CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
JAPAN: 3 INMATES HANGED; 1ST EXECUTIONS SINCE JULY 2010
MALAYSIA: TWO MYANMAR WOMEN AND TWO LOCALS TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CHINA: THREE EXECUTED OVER FATAL FIRE
TEXAS (USA): JESSE JOE HERNANDEZ EXECUTED
ZIMBABWE PLANS TO CUT BACK ON HANGINGS, DEATH PENALTY ONLY FOR 'EXTREME VIOLENCE'
MALAYSIA: ‘THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE MAINTAINED FOR NOW’
MALAYSIA: NIGERIAN TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
USA: FEDERAL JUDGE BARS IMPORT OF EXECUTION DRUG
SAUDI ARABIA: RELIGIOUS POLICE GIVEN MORE POWERS TO STEP UP WAR ON SORCERY
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UGANDA: PRESIDENT MUSEVENI PARDONS SHARMA KOOKY
DEATH PENALTY 2011: ALARMING LEVELS OF EXECUTIONS IN THE FEW COUNTRIES THAT KILL
JAMAICA: CHILD KILLER'S DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED
MALAYSIA: 860 PRISONERS UNDER DEATH SENTENCE
INDIA: STAYED EXECUTION
CHINA: UIGHUR MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER XINJIANG ATTACKS
BANGLADESH: SAGAR TO HANG FOR KILLING SHUBHO
ZIMBABWE: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RITUAL MURDER
NIGERIA: SUPREME COURT RE-AFFIRMS DEATH SENTENCE ON KILLER SECURITY GUARD
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MISSISSIPPI (USA): WILLIAM MITCHELL EXECUTED
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MALAYSIA: FORMER POSTMAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
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