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Call on Oklahoma not to execute Anthony Rozelle Banks

Strasbourg, 06.09.2013 – Marina Schuster (Germany, ALDE), General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has called on the authorities in Oklahoma not to execute Anthony Rozelle Banks.

“The world is becoming a lonely place for states that continue practising executions. Oklahoma unfortunately remains one of the states which carry out the highest number of executions. Many other U.S. states have repealed capital punishment in recent years. The Council of Europe calls on Oklahoma to join this movement and refrain from executing Anthony Rozelle Banks,” the rapporteur stressed.

“The capital punishment system is an intolerable denial of civil liberties inconsistent with the values of the Council of Europe and its member and observer states. Its abolition is a key objective for the Council of Europe’s human rights policy,” concluded Marina Schuster.