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New Death Penalty Figures Show Vast Improvement Worldwide

From Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2011

In 1977, only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty. As of December 2010 that figure stands at 96.

Amnesty International has been monitoring developments around the use of the death penalty and campaigning for its abolition for more than three decades.

In 1977, only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes. As of December 2010 that figure stands at 96 and more than two thirds of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

Countries that have abolished the death penalty since 1976:-

1976: Portugal abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1978: Denmark abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1979: Luxembourg, Nicaragua and Norway abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Brazil, Fiji and Peru abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1981: France and Cape Verde abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1982: The Netherlands abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1983: Cyprus and El Salvador abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1984: Argentina abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1985: Australia abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1987: Haiti, Liechtenstein and the German Democratic Republic abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1989: Cambodia, New Zealand, Romania and Slovenia abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1990: Andorra, Croatia, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Mozambique, Namibia and Sao Tomé and Príncipe abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1992: Angola, Paraguay and Switzerland abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1993: Guninea-Bissau, Hong Kong and Seychelles abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1994: Italy abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1995: Djibouti, Mauritius, Moldova and Spain abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1996: Belgium abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1997: Georgia, Nepal, Poland and South Africa abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Bolivia abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

1998: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania and the United Kingdom abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

1999: East Timor, Turkmenistan and Ukraine abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Latvia abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2000 : Cote D’Ivoire and Malta abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Albania abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2001: Bosnia-Herzegovina abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Chile abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2002: Cyprus and Yugoslavia (now two states Serbia and Montenegro) abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2003: Armenia abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2004: Bhutan, Greece, Samoa, Senegal and Turkey abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2005: Liberia and Mexico abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2006: Philippines abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2007: Albania, Cook Islands, Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda abolished the death penalty for all crimes. Kazakhstan abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes.

2008: Uzbekistan and Argentina abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2009: Burundi and Togo abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

2010: Gabon abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

To learn more of Amnestys efforts to eliminate the Death Penalty from society please visit their website… www.amnesty.org

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