中英對照讀新聞》Kazakhstan abolishes death penalty 哈薩克廢除死刑


2021/02/03 05:30

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Kazakhstan abolished the death penalty, making permanent a nearly two-decade freeze on capital punishment in the authoritarian Central Asian country, a notice on the presidential website said Saturday.

週六在哈薩克總統府網站的一份公告說,該國廢除了死刑,使得在這個中亞專制國家被凍結執行將近20年的極刑正式告終。

The notice said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had signed off on parliamentary ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - a document that commits signatories to the abolition of capital punishment.

公告說,總統托卡耶夫已經簽署國會認可的「公民權利及政治權利國際公約第二任擇議定書」,這是讓締約國承諾廢除死刑的文件。

Executions were paused in Kazakhstan from 2003 but courts continued to sentence convicts to death in exceptional circumstances, including for crimes deemed acts of terror.

哈薩克自2003年起暫停執行死刑,但是法院仍繼續對特殊案例做出死刑判決,包括犯下恐怖主義罪行。

Ruslan Kulekbayev was among the convicts set to be executed if the moratorium were lifted. Kulekbayev will now serve a life sentence in jail instead. (AFP)

若暫停死刑令解除,將被處決的受刑人中包括庫勒巴耶夫。現在,庫勒巴耶夫將改服終身監禁。(法新社)

【新聞辭典】

abolish:動詞,廢除、取消。例句:Military conscription was abolished in the country. (這個國家廢除了徵兵制。)

sign off on:片語,正式批准或簽署。例句:The two companies just signed off on a legally binding agreement.(這兩家公司剛正式簽署一項具法律約束力的協議。)

capital punishment:名詞,死刑、極刑。例句:The party’s candidate pushes for the reimposition of capital punishment.(該黨候選人推動恢復死刑。)

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