Death Penalty Policy in Countries in Transition

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-ISP
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 9, 2013
    TITLE:
    Death Penalty Policy in Countries in Transition
    AUTHORS:
    by Madoka Futamura
    PUB DATE:
    2013•12•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3113-9
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University

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    Countries under transition from war to peace or from an authoritarian to a democratic regime face fundamental political and social transformations and difficulties in emerging from a problematic past. The transition presents challenges but also opportunities for countries to reconsider their death penalty policies. It is in such a context that some countries abolish, retain or even actively resort to the death penalty to tackle transitional needs. Those who are working for abolition of the death penalty need to go beyond the human rights approach and take a more holistic approach to understand the fragile and complex local situation and needs in which the death penalty becomes a highly political issue.