Death Penalty

Erdoğan backs death penalty on Turkey coup attempt anniversary

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President tells crowd of thousands that Turkey will ‘cut the heads off’ traitors, a year after soldiers tried to topple government Kareem Shaheen in Ankara The Guardian The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reiterated his support for reinstating the death penalty and threatened to cut off traitors’ heads in an a… Tens of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul, marching to the Bosphorus Bridge where 36 people were killed by coup soldiers exactly a year ago, for the first of ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

The Americans volunteering to watch executions

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Teresa Clark has watched three strangers die. She held her husband’s hand the first time, but after that the experience began to… Gareth Evans BBC The couple, who run a chimney sweeping business in Waynesboro, Virginia, volunteer to watch… Teresa’s husband, Larry, 63, went to the first one… “He was very curious. I dropped him off and I asked him all kinds of questions,” she… The Americans volunteering… Read More »

Welcome to ‘the world’s largest death row’

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Despite allegations of rights abuses, Pakistan continues to be one of the five most prolific executioners in the world. Asad Hashim Al Jazeera News Lahore, Pakistan – Exhausted from a full day’s work, 25-year-old student Sohail Yafat knew he had one last stop to make before heading home: a visit to a colleague’s ailing father at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology hospital, in his… Welcome to ‘the… Read More »

SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico

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HUNTSVILLE, TX (3/28/17) — In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older… Sam Houston State University Eurek Alert The study, “State- and Individual-level Predictors of Mexican Death Penalty Support,” by Ph.D. Student Alexander H. Updegrove and Erin A. Orrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at… SHSU study examines… Read More »

End the death penalty for mentally ill criminals

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Legislators in six states — Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — have proposed legislation to prohibit the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illness. By Bob Taft and Joseph E. Kernan The Washington Post As former governors of states that are grappling with this issue, we strongly support this effort to end an inhumane practice that fails to respect common standards of decency and comport with recommendations of mental-health… End the death… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

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A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »

Death penalty: Australia’s top lawyers urge Government to push for end to capital punishment worldwide

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Some of the nation’s biggest legal heavy-hitters are pushing the Australian Government to end the death penalty worldwide. David Taylor ABC Today marks the 50th anniversary since the last Australian was executed on home soil, but since then six Australians have died at the hands of other governments. The Law Council is… Death penalty: Australia’s… Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

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The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children

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People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed Matt Payton   Independent The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the… UN human rights… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully

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Bringing back a flawed system to kill a rotten individual means that we dispense with the individual but are stuck with the system Brigid Delaney There have been calls to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines as the trial of alleged Australian child sex abuser Peter Scully takes place and… The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully… Read More »

Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world

In a sane world, shouldn’t the right to life trump political expediency? Apparently not: given the addiction of some countries to the death penalty, and the possible re-introduction of capital punishment by some of our neighbours in the region… Source: Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world | SBS News Read More »

Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report

The U.S. ranks fifth worldwide for annual executions. Worldwide use of the death penalty rose sharply last year, with 2015 tallying the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International… Source: Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report Read More »