Extradition

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Extradition

Many countries now refuse to extradite fugitives to retentionist states in the absence of assurances that the death penalty will not be sought. This practice derives from two separate, but related developments. First, international tribunals and national courts have issued a series of decisions condemning the extradition of suspects from abolitionist countries to retentionist countries. Second, inter-governmental organizations such as the European Union (« EU ») and individual nations such as Mexico have long opposed the death penalty as a matter of principle. The EU, Mexico, and many other abolitionist nations have made abolition of the death penalty one of the key items on their foreign policy agenda.

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