Italy Asks for Worldwide Ban on Death Penalty


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The Italian government has renewed its anti-death penalty campaign with the United Nations in the aftermath of the execution of Saddam Hussein. Italy, which joined the UN Security Council in one of the ten non-permanent seats which it will hold for two years, said it will lobby the UN for a worldwide ban on capital punishment. Center-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi said, “No crime can justify one person killing another. That is a principle which all civilisations and religions share and is the only one on which it is possible to build solid and lasting peace.”

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Italy has been vocally opposed to the death penalty in the past, presenting moratorium proposals at the UN Assembly in 1994 and 1995, and this opposition crosses party lines. Hard-right MP Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of the former dictator, said that “the death penalty should be firmly condemned by all political sides otherwise history has taught us nothing.”

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