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USA: The death penalty in the United States of America: cruel, unfair, arbitrary and racially biased

, Index number: AMR 51/084/1994

This is the text of a statement by AI to the Review Conference of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, held in Budapest 10 October to 2 December 1994. In it, AI summarizes its concerns about the use of the death penalty in the USA. These include: the inadequacy of current legal safeguards; inadequate legal representation of poor defendants; racial disparities in sentencing; imposition of death sentences on juveniles; and the execution of people suffering from mental illness or retardation.

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