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The Death PenaltyA Worldwide Perspective$
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Roger Hood CBE QC (Hon) DCL FBA and Carolyn Hoyle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.001.0001

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In the Vanguard of Abolition

In the Vanguard of Abolition

(p.40) 2 In the Vanguard of Abolition
The Death Penalty

Roger Hood

Carolyn Hoyle

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the stance taken by the countries that have been in the vanguard of the abolitionist movement: Western Europe and Australasia, Eastern Europe, countries of the former Soviet Union, and South and Central America. It suggests that most countries appear to support abolition because in this respect they see themselves as heirs of the European Enlightenment and share many of the human rights values of Western Europe. Moreover, the positive influence of Catholicism is felt across the region in the sense of a respect for the sanctity of human life. However, abolition has not proved in the past to be permanent in all parts of this region due largely to political instability. Revolutionary struggles and military coups have both brought with them a time for extreme punitive responses, but the long-term commitment to the ideal of abolition has survived.

Keywords:   Western Europe, Australasia, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, South America, Central America, abolition

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