1. Moves towards abolition (South Africa: Court ruling; Spain: Congressional vote; Papal encyclical; Iran: Parliament rejects draft law proposing death penalty for profiteers); 2. Expansion of scope of death penalty (Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Guatemala, USA); 3. China: Wide range of crimes punished by death; 4. Kuwait: Death penalty for drug offences; 5. Saudi Arabia: AI appeals on behalf of seven Somalis sentenced to death; 6. USA: New surveys: study on jurors’ role; 7. USA (Illinois): Doctors and executions; 8. International treaties: Macedonia and Italy become state parties to Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR; correction: Belarus not party to Second Optional Protocol.
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