Drop in capital punishment in 2010
Vatican City - Fewer than half of the countries which still have the death penalty carried out executions in 2010, the Sant'Egidio community said on Tuesday during a global campaign to abolish capital punishment.
Over 20 ministers, many of them African, attended the international "Cities for Life, Cities against the Death Penalty" day organised in Rome by the religious community, which has close ties with the Vatican.
"Fewer than half of countries which still have the death penalty practised it" in 2010 said community spokesperson Mario Marazziti, who urged campaigners to keep up international pressure on countries to drop it all together.
Some 1 400 cities in 87 countries have agreed to take part in the campaign to end capital punishment. In all, 139 countries no longer have the death penalty, while 58 still practise it, the community said.