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USA (New York): Further information on death penalty: possible reinstatement of the death penalty

, Index number: AMR 51/045/1995

On 7 March 1995, the Governor of New York, George E Pataki, signed a death penalty bill into law. The law will be effective from 1 September 1995. AI regrets this development. AI opposes the death penalty as a violation of the right to life and the right not be be subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment as proclaimed in Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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