FC: Council of Europe may boot U.S. because of death penalty

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 23:10:03 PST

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    Some history:
    1. Council of Europe drafts, with U.S. encouragement, controversial 
    "cybercrime" treaty: http://www.politechbot.com/p-02173.html
    2. CoE decides it feels like banning racist remarks or other "hate speech." 
    Whoops! The U.S. delegation remembers the First Amendment and bows out of 
    the so-called First Protocol: http://www.politechbot.com/p-02785.html
    3. CoE secretly meets last week to add a Second Protocol (aka another 
    addition) to the treaty. That one, somewhat mysteriously, deals with 
    intercepting and decrypting terrorist communiques: 
    List of CoE member nations:
    From: Anonymous User <anonymousat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: UPI: Council of Europe Threatens US Expulsion Over Death
    Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 02:26:33 +0000 (UTC)
    woohoo!  Can't wait to get as far away from those socialists as
    possible, and this is as good a reason as any.
    FYI, the CoE is the organization drafting the Convention on Cybercrime,
    which among other things outlaws "hate speech" on the Net (as defined
    by them):
     >From United Press International, available online at:
    US faces European ban over death penalty
    By Chris White
    United Press International
    Published 2/22/2002 8:24 AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The United States faces possible
    exclusion from the Council of Europe, where it enjoys observer status,
    over its continued use of the death penalty, a council spokeswoman said
    The comments follow a decision of the council's Committee of Ministers
    on Thursday to ban the death penalty in all circumstances, including
    for crimes committed during war and the imminent threat of war.
    "You know what Europe thinks of America," council spokeswoman Henriette
    Girard told United Press International. "It may now be a case of
    expelling the United States from its observer status. This is being
    looked at."
    The Council of Europe, comprised of 43 member countries from the
    European continent and five observer countries, is the first
    organization to have drawn up a legal text on the abolition of the
    death penalty, which allows no exception. It already was a de facto
    rule and no executions have taken place in member countries since March
    The latest initiative, adding a protocol to the European Convention on
    Human Rights, was promoted by Sweden in 2000, well before last
    September's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
    Called Protocol 13, the ban is to be presented for signature by members
    at the next session of the Committee of Ministers, the Council's
    decision-making body.
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