Vatican agency attacks "cruel, unnecessary" death penalty

A report published by the Holy See Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has described the death penalty as "cruel and unnecessary".

Fides says the report reveals that 91% of all executions are carried out by only six countries.

The report is titled: "Love Your Enemies: How States Take Lives". It also includes an overview of the methods that nations have used in recent years to inflict death.

"In 2006, 91% of all reported executions happened in six countries; Kuwait has the highest number of executions per head in the world, followed by Iran," the report stated.

On an optimistic note, the report says international support in recent years has led the United Nations to adopt a resolution this year to sanction a universal moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to its eventual abolition.

Fides Agency Analyzes Death Penalty (Zenit, 22/8/07)

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