NEW RESOURCE: Amnesty International Report Examines Execution of Juvenile Offenders

A new report by Amnesty International, "The Exclusion of Child Offenders from the Death Penalty Under General International Law," examines the evidence supporting the conclusion that the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders is prohibited under customary international law. The practice is already prohibited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, notes that the U.S. claims to be "the global leader in child protection" while simultaneously holding the record for the highest number of juvenile offender executions in the world. (Amnesty International Press Release, July 18, 2003). Read the Report. See also Juveniles.