Monday, December 24, 2007

Death Penalty - Abolitionist in Practice

South Korea, as of this week, has a defacto moratorium on the death penalty. This comes from having gone 10 years with no executions. Former President Kim Dae-Jung, himself a former death row inmate and pro-abolitionist, didn't over see any executions during his term. This trend was continued by President Roh. Despite this, South Korea abstained during the recent UN General Assembly vote for a global moratorium. And the Abolition Bill currently stalled in the Legislation and Judicial Committee looks almost certain to lapse between now and the Parliamentary election in April 2008. In this context the defacto moratorium is more a case of one step forward and stall.

Merry Christmas
For those to whom such sentiments may apply.

Currently reading:

"Hell" by Yasutaka Tsutsui