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Guatemala: court decision ruling death penalty unconstitutional for most crimes is a key step on path to full abolition

, Index number: ACT 50/7412/2017

Amnesty International welcomes the coming into force today of a recent decision by the Constitutional Court of Guatemala that has the effect of abolishing the death penalty for ordinary crimes. Guatemala has now become the 142nd country to have rid itself of this punishment in law or practice, a milestone that the authorities should build on to fully consign the death penalty to the history books.

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