death_penalty_new.qxd 02-08-27 12:57 Page 2 This paper has been prepared by the Monitoring Unit of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Every effort has been taken to ensure that the information contained in this paper is accurate and impartial. This paper updates Background Paper 2001/1 of September 2001. It is intended to provide a comparative view of developments related to the use of the death penalty throughout the OSCE region, to highlight key issues and to promote constructive discussion. The content of the paper does not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the OSCE. Any comments or suggestions should be addressed to the ODIHR. Published by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Aleje Ujazdowskie 19 00-557 Warsaw Poland www.osce.org/odihr © OSCE/ODIHR 2002 All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may be freely used and copied for educational and other non-commercial purposes, provided that any such reproduction be accompanied by an acknowledgement of the OSCE/ODIHR as the source.