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USA: ‘I don’t really know what mitigation means’: Action for clemency as Texas and Ohio executions loom

, Index number: AMR 51/056/2012

The USA’s resort to the death penalty in an increasingly abolitionist world means that US authorities run into criticism when seeking to defend their country’s human rights record even as its executioners go about their macabre business. Defending what much of the rest of the world sees as indefensible becomes even harder when the USA fails even to meet its own stated standards.

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