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Assembly Anti-Death Penalty Campaigner Welcomes Illinois Decision

A decision by Illinois’ legislature to abolish the death penalty has won the support of the Parliamentary Assembly’s expert on the campaign against capital punishment.

Now Renate Wohlwend, the rapporteur on ‘The death penalty in Council of Europe member and observer states – an unacceptable violation of human rights,’ wants the state’s governor to move quickly to bring an end legally to the punishment.

“It will now be up to the new Governor Pat Quinn, a close ally of Barrack Obama, to sign this initiative into law,” she said. “I can only encourage him to do so without hesitation.”

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