The idea that some subjective definition of civilized countries or an objective description of industrialized countries matters in regard to the death penalty is nonsense.
There are a lot of nasty countries that don't have the death penalty, such as:
countries on 1 of 3 Amnesty Intl death penalty abolitionist countries lists: Yugoslavia, Algeria , Burma, Mexico, Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Togo, Tunisia, Senegal, Nicaragua,
Some poorly industrialized and poorly civilized:
Some of the countries from the AI death penalty retentionist list: Bahamas, Barbados, United States, Belize, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines;
Some highly industrialized and very civilized.
Of much greater importance is that most people are good people and that it seems the majority of people in all countries support the death penalty for some crimes (1).
Folks find the death penalty just and appropriate for some crimes, the same moral foundation of support for all criminal sanctions.
Let's say I am right, that innocents are more protected with the death penalty (2). What is so civilized about countries that knowingly spare murderers at the cost of sacrificing more innocents?
In complete disregard for the truth, some say that jurisdictions with the death penalty have higher crime rates than those without it. Such claims are absolute nonsense (3) Some do, some don't.
countries with no death penalty law: 96
countries with the death penalty: 101
source: Amnesty Intl. AI plays with the numbers, but when you weed through their nonsense, this is the reality.
1) "Death Penalty Support Remains Very High: USA & The World"
2) a) "The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"
b) "Opponents in capital punishment have blood on their hands", Dennis Prager, 11/29/05, http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2005/11/29/opponents_in_capital_punishment_have_blood_on_their_hands
c) "A Death Penalty Red Herring: The Inanity and Hypocrisy of Perfection", Lester Jackson Ph.D.,
d) "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"
e) "The 130 (now 141) death row "innocents" scam"
"The Death Penalty: Not a Human Rights Violation"
"Killing equals Killing: The Amoral Confusion of Death Penalty Opponents"
"The Death Penalty: Neither Hatred nor Revenge"