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USA: Cruel, inhuman, degrading: 40th execution of the year approaches

By Amnesty International, , Index number: AMR 51/091/2010

Within 12 hours of President Barack Obama making human rights a central theme of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, state executioners carried out the USA’s 39th execution of the year. Tonight they are set to carry out the 40th. The time for the USA to recognize that the death penalty is incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is surely long overdue.

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