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Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

Headline Title:  Papua New Guinea moves closer to executions 28 May 2013 Papua New Guinea’s new laws expanding the use of the death penalty to a wider set of crimes, and signalling a move towards resuming executions, are a horrific and regressive step, Amnesty International said today.The legislation was reportedly adopted by Parliament with little debate, during the same session that repealed the country’s controversial Sorcery Act which provided a defence for violent crime if the accused was acting to stop ‘witchcraft’. The death penalty now appears to apply to a longer list of crimes,…

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