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Death sentences and executions in 2009

"We do see an end in sight to the death penalty... More people around the world are realising that this is a punishment that is against human dignity, it doesn't achieve any purpose, and it should be consigned to history the same way as slavery, apartheid, and some of the other things that today we consider are abominations... What we see last year, for the first time ever, there were no executions in Europe. In the Americas, the United States was the only country that was still killing people through executions. And even in Africa, in sub-saharan Africa, only two countries were still doing so. We do see the end of the death penalty getting closer."

Amnesty International's 2009 report