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Reacting to news that the New Hampshire state legislature has failed to override the Governor’s veto, which would have ended the death penalty in New Hampshire once and for all, Kristina Roth, Senior Program Officer at Amnesty International USA stated:

“The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. By vetoing this bill, which had broad bipartisan support, the Governor defends a practice that serves no legitimate public interest, neither deterring crime nor improving public safety.

“Amnesty International and New Hampshire citizens who believe in the illegitimacy of the death penalty will continue their fight to abolish it in their home state.”