Death Penalty

Rival parties clash over replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy

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A political war over replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy roared to life on Thursday in Washington, the start of an election-season clash over a Supreme Court retirement that will reshape the country’s judicial… Michael D. Shear and Thomas Kaplan The Age Hours after Kennedy’s announcement that he will step down July 31, conservative organisations were mobilising to support the Republican-controlled Senate in a quick confirmation of a justice who would be expected to vote against the court’s liberal… One group, the ... Read More »

Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

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Government Executes a Prisoner After 9-Year Moratorium (New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009. “Thailand’s resumed use of the death penalty marks a major setback for human rights,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Thai government’s many pledges ... Read More »

Andargachew Tsige pardoned by Ethiopia

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Attorney general says decision for Andargachew Tsige’s pardon was part of moves intended to ‘widen political space’. Al Jazeera and News Agencies Ethiopia has pardoned an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death. Andargachew Tsige was found guilty of “terrorism” and sentenced in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7. He was the organisation’s secretary-general. The father of three was arrested during a stopover at a… Berhanu Tsegaye, Ethiopia’s… Andargachew Tsige pardoned… Read More »

Indian government introduces death penalty for child rapists

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Special order from Narendra Modi’s cabinet comes amid widespread outrage over levels of sexual violence Colin Drury Independent India is to introduce the death penalty for child rapists, in a move aimed at alleviating nationwide protests over a number of brutal and high-profile cases. Those found guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters under 12 will now face execution, under a special ordinance issued by the government and set to be rubber-stamped next week. The change comes amid widespread outrage over the… ... Read More »

Somalia clans secure peace with death sentences and hefty fines

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Two rival Somali clans have signed up to a groundbreaking peace deal which aims to end the cycle of revenge killings. Will Ross BBC Following three weeks of mediation, the rival Sa’ad Yoonis and Ba’iido clans in the disputed Sanaag region reached an agreement on harsh new rules. Now, anyone found guilty of carrying out a revenge killing or vendetta will face a death sentence. The family of the perpetrator will also have to pay fine a $100,000 (£72,000). There ... Read More »

Nobel laureates urge Saudi king to halt 14 executions

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners are appealing to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in… EDITH M. LEDERER The Associated Press The Seattle Times In a letter released Friday they said staying the executions would “correct a great injustice.” The laureates said the 14 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial “based on the actions of the ... Read More »

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 »