imageBAGHDAD -- Iraq’s use of the death penalty has increased despite international condemnation, with some fearing execution rates could rise further as officials seek to appear tough on security ahead of elections. At least 169 people were put to death in 2013, by far the country’s highest such figure since the 2003 United States-led... BAGHDAD -- Iraq’s use of the death penalty has increased despite international condemnation, with some fearing execution rates could rise further as officials seek to appear tough on security ahead of elections. At least 169 people were put to death in 2013, by far the country’s highest such figure since the 2003 United States-led invasion, and one that puts it third
imageExoneration may still come for Gerrit Jan Pieperiet who was found guilty of murder and became the last man to be hung in the Netherlands. “This is not something to joke about,” lawyer Robert Kiek told Volkskrant today, disturbed by to Almelo’s annual reenactment of
imageDUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom's ruling family facing the death penalty. The English-language Arab News did not name the prince or his victim, but said a senior
imageA Gulf Breeze teenager will make a court appearance today after being charged Friday with second-degree murder in the Christmas Eve slaying of his mother, Sharon Aydelott, a teacher at Holley-Navarre Middle School. William Brandon Aydelott, 17, was removed from the juvenile justice system
imageSaudi blogger and activist, Raif Badawi, currently serving his 7-year prison term for “insulting Islam”, may soon appear in a higher court on graver charges of apostasy. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death. Raif Badawi is the founder of the Free Saudi Liberals
imageLouisiana Death Row SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "A slap in the face." That's how Albert Culbert feels about the federal court ruling last week that sided with 3 convicted killers who sued over conditions on Louisiana's death row. Three inmates, Elzie Ball, Nathaniel Code and
December 19, 2013: A Saudi sentenced to death for killing another citizen is set to walk free after mediation by a member of the Saudi royal family succeeded in persuading the victim’s relatives to pardon the killer, a Saudi newspaper reported. Faleh Al Subai was sentenced to death two
Florida Death Chamber The Florida Supreme Court approved the state's new lethal injection procedure Thursday, signaling that the stayed execution of an inmate on death row who challenged the procedure can take place. The inmate, Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas
Uganda’s parliament passed a bill that seeks to punish homosexuality by giving sentences to offenders of as long as life imprisonment. The bill was passed today after a voice vote and will become law when President Yoweri Museveni gives assent, Mohammed Katamba, a spokesman for the
imageStill here, still fighting the objectification of women. Lose the Lads’ Mags is a campaign calling on high-street shops to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags like Nuts and Zoo. Why? Because lads’ mags are harmful. Magazines like Nuts and Zoo portray women
imageNew Death Penalty Information Center report claims there were 39 executions this year – the lowest number since 1994. The European-led boycott of medical drugs used by US corrections departments to execute prisoners is having such an impact that it has driven the number of
imageFormer Egypt President Mohammed Morsi, ousted in July by a military coup and subsequently jailed by the now-ruling government, faces terror charges that carry the death penalty. He is accused of conspiring with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group, as well as with Hezbollah, the
imageCOLUMBIA, S.C. - For the second year in a row, South Carolina saw no executions in 2013. The state had no new death sentences in the last year, either. It's a downward trend that mirrors national patterns that are moving away from putting inmates to death. In a report that came out this
imagePunishment meted out to a former Texas district attorney in a wrongful conviction sends a stern warning to other prosecutors, analysts say. HOUSTON — Williamson County Dist. Atty. Ken Anderson had risen to a district judge by the time a special investigation was launched this year
imageOhio Death Chamber Gov. John Kasich remained consistent in flexing his clemency powers in his third year in office, acting conservatively in most cases but showing unusual consideration in one death-penalty case. The Republican governor disposed of 391 clemency requests
imageCINCINNATI — An Ohio man who admitted to fatally slashing the throat of a 19-year-old woman in her home more than 30 years ago could be spared from execution because he didn’t rape her. The case of David Steffen is set to be heard in Ohio’s 1st District Court of Appeals
Iran Human Rights, December 22: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Rasht (northern Iranian province of Gilan). According to the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in the province of Gilan, two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Rasht early Thursday morning December 20. The
A court in Mangalore ruled the death penalty to Mohan Kumar also know as Cyanide Mohan for the murder of more than 20 women. Mohan, arrested in 2009, allegedly administered cyanide and after forcing women into sex, robbed of their possessions. Mangalore, Dec 21: Most awaited judgements in
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As 2013 draws to a close, WVoN takes a flying look back over the stories featured on the site this past year. We kicked off the year with women’s cricket, and my goodness reader did the UK win it. ‘Everyday Sexism’ too emerged as a winner, with 50,000 signatories&rsquo
imagePolunsky Unit, Texas The death penalty in the United States continued its pattern of broad decline in 2013, with experts attributing the low numbers to a critical shortage of drugs used for lethal injection, increasing public concern over judicial mistakes and the expense of
imageA death row inmate who killed two men in the 1980s died of natural causes Wednesday in Nashville. Michael Wayne Howell, 54, died at 10:08 a.m. at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Howell had been on death row since
imageThe Bali Nine Bali: Four of the Bali Nine are confronting months of uncertainty as Indonesian authorities delay indefinitely a decision on the drug smugglers’ applications to reduce their life sentences. The four, all of whom are serving life terms without a release
imageAn obstetrician at the Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital of Fuping county, Shaanxi Province stood trial on Monday on charges of trafficking seven babies, one of whom died. Dr Zhang Shuxia stood accused of selling seven babies to traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013 after
imageSan Quentin's death chamber Inland courts. But while jurors continue to recommend death, the sentences are effectively on hold while the protocols for California’s lethal injection procedures are under judicial review. No executions have taken place in California
imageLITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas' attorney general asked Gov. Mike Beebe to set execution dates for seven death row inmates, according to letters obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel noted in the letters sent to Beebe late Thursday that six of the
imageIran Human Rights,25: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Mashhad (north-eastern Iran) today, reported the Iranian state media. Quoting the head of the prison organization in Khorasan Province, the news site Asr-e-Iran reported that two prisoners convicted of murder were hanged in
Rome, Dec 22 (IANS/AKI) Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has voiced support for two Marines charged with murder in India and urged a "fair and rapid" trial for the duo. "Italians are truly close to you, our brothers, who are facing the unknown outcome of a dramatic and tortuous affair,"
Louisiana Death Row Louisiana's death row gets so hot that it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson sided with three condemned inmates who filed a lawsuit that said death row
Iran Human Rights, December 20: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Semnan (central Iran) today, reported the state-run Iranian news agency Aftab. The prisoners who were not identified by name were convicted of possession and trafficking of more than 392 grams of Crystal and more than
imageWVoN’s highlights of the year – and a preview of what’s to come. 2013 was the year in which women’s sport finally hit the headlines. Indeed it has been the hot topic of the sporting year for a variety of reasons. We have done our best to document the ups and downs and
imageLynne Segal’s new book is an investigation of ageing, in life and literature. Birbeck College held a public seminar on 16 December, to think about ageing. Called ‘Temporal Vertigo: The Paradoxes of Ageing’, the idea was for discussions aimed at confronting our fears and
imagePublic hanging in Iran A European Parliament delegation has visited Tehran to discuss a host of issues, including human rights. The death penalty, which is legal in Iran, was a major topic at a meeting held on human rights issues on Tuesday, December 17. The head of the
imageIf by people, you don’t mean women. by Adele M. Stan, RH Reality Check’s senior Washington correspondent. If the world needed any further evidence of the public-relations prowess of Pope Francis, it was granted by Time magazine on Wednesday [11 December], with a fawning profile