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following is a summary of the use of capital punishment by
nation.Capital punishment has been used in almost every part of the
globe, but in the last few decades many countries have abolished
it. Usage of capital punishment is usually broken into the four
categories set out below. Of the 193 independent states that are UN
members (or have UN observer status): 41 (21%) maintain the death
penalty in both law and practice. 95 (49%) have abolished it. 8
(4%) retain it for crimes committed in exceptional circumstances
(such as in time of war). 49 (25%) permit its use for ordinary
crimes, but have not used it for at least 10 years and are believed
to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out
executions, or it is under a moratorium.
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