Wednesday, January 21, 2004

And That Leaves Only the United States....

A statistical report on the death penalty issued today by Amnesty International documents that 8 countries worldwide executed children (those who were under age 18 at the time of their crime) since 1990. The countries are:
- China
- The Republic of the Congo
- Iran
- Nigeria
- Pakistan
- Saudi Arabia
- Yemen
- The United States of America

Most of these countries have formally changed their laws since then to ban the use of the death penalty for juveniles. "That leaves the United States of America as the only country worldwide that openly acknowledges executing juveniles offenders and which claims the right to do so."

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