Mexico formally abolishes death penalty

The Mexican government formally abolished the last vestiges of the death penalty on Friday, the eve of International Human Rights Day. President Vicente Fox described as "historic" the constitutional change, which was approved by the Mexican Congress in June and by a majority of state legislatures in the intervening months, and published Friday in the government's official gazette. "Mexico shares the opinion that capital punishment is a violation of human rights," Fox said. "Today, the death penalty has been abolished."
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