Saturday, October 10, 2009

10/10: Progress

Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty, the day we highlight the global struggle against capital punishment. So, how is that struggle going? Slowly, but well. In 2009, two countries abolished the death penalty: Burundi and Togo. In addition, Kenya and Lebanon are planning abolition, and Japan's new Justice Minister wants to move in that direction as well. There are still 58 countries which retain the death penalty, but their number is decreasing every year; it will be a long struggle, but it is one we are slowly winning.