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By Petar Hadji-Ristic

BERLIN, Oct 17, 2007 (IPS) - In rich and poor countries alike poverty and the death penalty are almost always inextricably bound together, according to a worldwide survey of
experts and    h u m a n    r i g h t s    a c t i v i s t s    carried out by journalists as part of the IPS Death Penalty Abolition Project.

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"In its 40 years of fighting against the death penalty, AI has constantly witnessed the relationship between poverty and the death penalty," Piers Bannister, coordinator of the rights organisation's death penalty team, told IPS. Social standing, wealth or race were the overriding factors in deciding who received the death penalty - not the severity of the crime.

Penal Reform International (PRI), an organisation with a long history of campaigning for death penalty abolition and the rights of prisoners, echoed these views. "Imprisonment and poverty are closely linked," Mel James, PRI policy director said, adding that many countries lacked the technical resources to investigate serious crimes adequately and to "ensure that the innocent are not wrongly accused."

In China, the world's most populous country, the number of executions is a     s t a t e   s e c r e t  , according to    A n t o a n e t a    B e z lo v a , IPS correspondent in Beijing.

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Based on public reports, China imposed the most death sentences in 2006. AI estimates that at least 1,010 people were executed in China in 2006.

A revealing glimpse into the "underclass" on death row is seen in   H u a n    J i n t i n g ' s   unique stories of 22 petty criminals on death row, Bezlova reports. "Under Chinese law they pay a very high price for the mistakes they make," Huan writes in his book Letters from Death Row. In China more than 60 types of crime - including many non-violent offences - are punishable by a death sentence.

Pakistan, with some 7,000 people on death row, is home to a third of the estimated world total.

"Many of Pakistan's death row inmates are innocent or had unfair trials," Mirza Tahir Hussain, a former death row inmate released after an international campaign last year, told IPS correspondent Zofeen Ebrahim. "Most of the convicts finally sent to the gallows are from poor families... The more affluent and influential use coercion to force the victims' family into a compromise and get off the hook," Hussain told Ebrahim.

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Even in Japan, one of the world's richest nations, the relationship between poverty and death sentences can be seen in the high number of the 100 or so on death row who cannot afford their own defence and needed court-appointed lawyers, according to IPS correspondent Matsuko Murakami.

"Most of the death row prisoners have no choice but to have such court-appointed defence counsels," Akiko Takada, a leading member of Forum 90, an anti-death penalty rights organisation, told Murakami.

In Malaysia, it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of the 300 people on death row are poor, according to Charles Hector, a   h u m a n    r i g h t s   lawyer interviewed by IPS correspondent Baradan Kuppusamy.

In the U.S., 95 percent of the 3,350 people currently on death row are poor, Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, told IPS's Adrianne Appel.

"We have a serious issue in the U.S. Our criminal justice system is very sensitive to wealth. Our system treats you better if you are rich and guilty, than if you are poor and innocent," Stevenson said.

In Arab and MuslIm countries the death penalty is also linked to poverty, writes Abderrahim El Ouali, IPS correspondent in the region.

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Even in J apan, one of the world's richest nations, the relationship between poverty and death sentences can be seen in the high number of the 100 or so on death row who cannot afford their own defence and needed court-appointed l awyers, according to IPS correspondent Matsuko Murakami.

"Most of the death r ow p risoners have no choice but to have such court-appointed d efence counsels"" Akiko Takada, a leading member of F orum 9 0, an anti-death p enalty
r ights organisation, told Murakami.

In M alaysia, it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of the 300 people on death r ow are poor, according to Charles Hector, a   h u m a n    r i g h t s   l awyer interviewed by IPS correspondent Baradan Kuppusamy.

In the U.S., 95 percent of the 3,350 people currently on death r ow are poor, Bryan Stevenson, e xecutive director of the E qual J ustice I nitiative in Alabama, told IPS's Adrianne Appel.   

"We have a serious issue in the U.S. Our c riminal j ustice system is very sensitive to wealth. Our system treats you better if you are rich and guilty, than if you are poor and innocent," Stevenson said.

In Arab and Mus lI m countries the death p enalty is also linked to poverty, writes Abderrahim El Ouali, IPS correspondent in the region.

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