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Some 5,000 world executions in 2011, down 1,000 on the year

World justice ministers at anti-death-penalty congress in Rome

Some 5,000 world executions in 2011, down 1,000 on the year

Rome, November 27 - Roughly 5,000 people were executed in the world last year, 1,000 fewer than in 2010, according to data released Tuesday. The figures were presented at the 7th International Congress of Justice Ministers in Rome, where the theme was Towards a World Without the Death Penalty, organized by the Italian Catholic lay activist and conflict-mediation group Comunita' di Sant'Egidio. The meeting also marked the establishment of the International Day of Cities for Life, which honors places that have abolished the death penalty, held on November 30, the day the Grand Duchy of Tuscany became the first European state to outlaw the practice in 1786.

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