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From The Raw Story:

A record 111 countries voted Thursday for a moratorium on capital punishment at a keynote UN General Assembly human rights meeting.

Although not legally binding, campaigners say the vote held every two years sends a strong signal to the slowly shrinking number of nations — including China, Iran and the United States — that still execute prisoners.

As usual, the United States is hopelessly backward on this issue.  As long as much of the debate is controlled by the Religious Right, we’ll never see meaningful progress on things like the death penalty.  Well, this is just one more on my long list of reasons to move to Europe.