Should Uzbekistan remove death penalty?

by Anonymous on 10/5/2004 · 1 comment

This article features the issue of death penalty in Uzbekistan, among others it says:

” Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, initially all of the new republics retained the death penalty, but thanks to a strong trend towards its abolishment in the region, Belarus and Uzbekistan remained the only two countries to still carry such executions out.

“There is now a realistic chance that Europe and Central Asia could be a death penalty-free zone in the very near future,” Sunder-Plassman pointed out.

Being personally totally opposed to the death penalty, yesterday I had a heated debate with two guys I know from the UWED’s law faculty and Westminister’s Business Management faculty in Tashkent, both of whom were for the death penalty. From the other side, I have the impression that, in general, the Uzbek society is for death penalty, or at least, many people say so.

However, it is important to note that the death penalty is gradually being phased out in Uzbekistan. Over the last years the number of crimes punished with death penalty have been reduced to four. ( I guess before it was 9).

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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Laurence October 5, 2004 at 8:35 pm

Alisher, of course America still has the death penalty, so we are not in much of a position to tell Uzbekistan what to do in this regard. Some states abolished it, others have not. Interestingly, many death penalty opponents in DC supported the death sentence given to the DC sniper, who was convicted on terrorism charges in Virginia because DC and Maryland don’t have a death penalty, so this is an emotional as well as a logical issue in many cases.

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