Death Penalty: Crimes and Punishment

<p>In December, 85 members of the United Nations signed a declaration expressing ‘deep concern’ at the continued use of the death penalty across the world, and calling for a moratorium as a step towards its abolition. Italy, which has made previous calls for a moratorium, now says it will reopen the issue at the UN, looking to the signatory countries for support. Events surrounding the hanging of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his co-accused have reopened an intense debate.</p>

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