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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.
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