30 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 421 (1998-1999)
Moratorium 2000: An International Dialogue toward a Ban on Capital Punishment

handle is hein.journals/colhr30 and id is 439 raw text is: MORATORIUM 2000:
AN INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE
TOWARD A BAN
ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Toni M. Fine*
Nineteen ninety-nine could be the year a
moratorium on executions is introduced.
I like to think-and I hope I am
right-that in weighing the balance of this
century of horrors we shall have in our
favor the affirmation of the principle
according to which no one may be
deprived of their life by law.
-Emma Bonino
European Union Commissioner'
I. INTRODUCTION
Capital punishment is one of the most divisive and impassioned
human rights issues in the United States and throughout the world. Despite
widespread and long-standing sentiment against the death penalty, there is
still no consensus that capital punishment should be condemned as an
inherent violation of the right to life and human dignity. The United Nations
has long taken an interest in abolishing the death penalty, as revealed in
numerous resolutions and treaties, and the global trend is moving in the
direction of universal condemnation of the death penalty.
*    Associate Director, Global Law School Program, New York University School of
Law; J.D., Duke University School of Law (1986); B.A., Harpur College, SUNY
Binghamton (1983).
1.   Emma Bonino, Foreword to Hands Off Cain, 1998 Report: Towards Abolition:
The Law and Politics of the Death Penalty (1998) [hereinafter Hands Off Cain, 1998
Report].

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