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This paper updates The Death Penalty in the OSCE Area: Background Paper of October 2007. It
is intended to provide a concise update to highlight changes in the status of the death penalty
in OSCE participating States since the previous publication and to promote constructive
discussion of this issue. It covers the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. The content of
this paper does not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the OSCE or ODIHR.
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