America's insistence on upholding the death penalty contradicts its policy of advocating international human rights, said Amnesty International Secretary General Ian Martin.
"It is our belief that at the same time the U.S. government proclaims its commitment to promoting human rights around the world, that same government and a large number of state authorities are by their actions undermining the respect for human rights," Martin told Amnesty U.S. chapter members at their annual meeting.
Ten states have executed 26 prisoners since January, Martin said. Four of the states had not had an execution in 25 years, and one, Delaware, had not executed a prisoner in 46 years.
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