Death penalty moratorium in south korea: Norms, institutions and leadership1
South Korea carried out its last executions in December 2007. Since then it has maintained a de facto abolitionist status – one that retains the death penalty for ordinary crimes without, however any executions during the past ten years or more. International organizations and human rights advocates applaud South Korea’s suspension of the death penalty while expecting and hoping for its subsequent official abolition. South Korea’s de facto moratorium on executions is indeed highly noticeable because of the frequency and scope of the use of the death penalty in the rest of the Asian region. As David Johnson states, ‘if Asia has an abolitionist vanguard it may well be South Korea’ (Johnson 2008: 101).
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Bae, Sangmin, "Death penalty moratorium in south korea: Norms, institutions and leadership1" (2016). Political Science Faculty Publications. 7.