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Quiz special on the death penalty


1. Which five states continue to execute child offenders?

A: US, Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and Yemen
B: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Yemen
C: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, US, and Pakistan


2. In addition to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which other international human rights treaty prohibits the execution of children?

A: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
B: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
C: Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment


3. How many states in the world have not ratified or acceded to treaties obligating them to ensure that juvenile offenders--persons under 18 at the time of the crime-are never sentenced to death?

A: 5
B: 9
C: 0


4. What seemingly unrelated issue is linked to rises in the number of child executions?

A: Child labour
B: Disability
C: Birth registration


5. Which article of the Convention on the Rights of the Child addresses capital punishment?

A: 37
B: 27
C: 17


6. What else does the article group with capital punishment as being prohibited?

A: Children being placed in jail with adults
B: Denial of parental contact
C: Life imprisonment without the possibility of release


7. What is the name of the newest regional human rights charter which allows imposition of the death penalty for children?

A: The Arab Human Rights Charter
B: The Arab Declaration of Human Rights
C: The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child


8. In Iran, which of the following acts may lead to the death penalty?

A: Drinking alcohol, same-sex sexual conduct, 'corruption on earth'
B: Drinking alcohol, 'corruption on earth' criticising adults
C: Drinking alcohol, 'being at enmity with God', acting in a disorderly fashion


9. How many children are known to have been executed by the five countries over the last three years?

A: 7
B: 32
C: 176


10. Finish the quote from author and activist Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King: "Forgiving violence does not mean condoning violence. There are only two alternatives to forgiving violence: revenge, or adopting an attitude of never-ending bitterness and anger. For too long...

A: ...we have treated violence with violence, and that's why it never ends"
B: ...we have failed to forgive"
C: ...we stayed angry and bitter"