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(07/22/09) -

Czech Overwhelmingly Support Death Penalty

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A large majority of people in the Czech Republic are for the implementation of the death penalty in the country, according to a poll by CVVM. 62 per cent of respondents share this point of view, unchanged since June 2008.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A large majority of people in the Czech Republic are for the implementation of the death penalty in the country, according to a poll by CVVM. 62 per cent of respondents share this point of view, unchanged since June 2008.

More than 1,200 people were executed between 1945 and 1990 in Czechoslovakia. The death penalty was officially eradicated in May 1990. When the Czech Republic was instituted in 1993, the abolition of the capital punishment was enshrined in the new constitution.

The country’s civil law system is derived from Austro-Hungarian codes, while its criminal law has been revised to conform to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) standards. The Czech Republic joined the European Union (EU) in May 2004.

The Czech daily Lidove noviny recently reported that the ultra-conservative Workers’ Party (DS)—whose "law and order" platform advocates for the reinstatement of the death penalty and tightening prison conditions—did remarkably well amongst inmates in the June European Election. The report states that, in places with a high number of prisoners, the DS got up to 30 per cent of the vote. In total, the DS garnered about 25,000 votes across the country—not enough to get a seat in the European Parliament.

Polling Data

Do you think the death penalty should be allowed in the Czech Republic?

 

May 2009

Jun. 2008

Jun. 2007

Yes

62%

62%

58%

No

31%

32%

28%

Not sure

7%

6%

14%

Source: CVVM
Methodology: Interviews with 1,038 Czech adults, conducted from May 4 to May 11, 2008. No margin of error was provided.