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Excerpt from report by privately-owned Kyrgyz AKIpress news agency website
Bishkek, 29 September: The human rights council under the Kyrgyz ombudsman believes that the introduction of the death penalty "cannot be a substitute for effective state management".
A statement of human rights activists circulated on 28 September says that the severity of punishment such as the death penalty cannot curb crime.
"Actions taken by the state and society against crimes should be proportionate and should be of a rehabilitating nature rather than a punishing nature," they think.
Earlier a number of high-ranking Kyrgyz officials said that the …