Hanoi, Vietnam (AFP). Vietnam police have arrested a Chinese national found with a massive haul of heroin in Ho Chi Minh City, the second such bust in a week as the country cracks down on the illicit trade.  Though communist Vietnam boasts some of the world's toughest drug laws, it is both a consumption hub and a popular thoroughfare Leggi Tutto
HONG KONG — When Brunei announced in 2013 that it was bringing in harsh Islamic laws that included punishments of death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, the move was met with international protest.Some investments by the country’s sovereign wealth fund, including the Beverly Hills Hotel, were
A neighbour who murdered an Emirati mother and stabbed her 2 children and the family's maid in a frenzied knife attack has been sentenced to death.The Pakistani man, 25, broke into the family's home in Fujairah before repeatedly stabbing Suzan Al Qudat, 39, after he woke her while entering the
The most recent execution was that of a Syrian man who was put to death on March 13 for smuggling amphetamine pillsSaudi Arabia, with 43 people already executed in the desert kingdom, is on its way to set the record for most number of beheadings and crucifixions this year. Reports state that the
#BirthStrike, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, UN, IPCC report, greenhouse gases, environmental collapse, government inaction, no children“We’re already at tipping point and I can’t see a safe world for children.”BirthStrike is a new solidarity group – and a platform – for those who have decided to not to bear children because of the recent predictions of climate breakdown.A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Brunei must rowback on plans to implement changes to its penal code next month that could see LGBT+ people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity, human rights groups said on Monday.Brunei was the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law in 2014 when it announced the
The Bombay High Court on Monday began hearing the Maharashtra government’s plea seeking confirmation of the death sentence given to Ankur Panwar, the convict in the Preeti Rathi acid attack case.Panwar (25) was sentenced to death by a special court, the first instance of death penalty being
Experts say the discussion on capital punishment has focused too much on politics, not nearly enough on policy.Several Democratic presidential contenders have taken to Twitter recently to express their enthusiastic approval of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) announcement earlier this month
A prisoner was hanged for murder charges at the Iranian city of Zanjan’s Central Prison last Wednesday.According to IHR sources, a 34-year old man from Tabriz city of Iran was hanged on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The prisoner, identified as Reza Akbari, was in prison for 6 years
Executions, particularly in cases of alleged political violence, only widen the sense of societal injusticeEgypt has been moving fast to execute detainees, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi himself apparently backing this terrible spike in death sentences in 2019.Recently Sisi lectured his
Dear Governor Newsom,Do you have ANY IDEA how refreshing it is to the SOUL to have a politician seek public office, who promises to stay true to something, and then actually ENACTS THE TRUTH once s/he gets into office? Who, in short, acts out of moral principle, not, simply, political
California’s new governor channelled his inner Jay Inslee last week when he shut down the largest death row in America. Gavin Newsom called the death penalty “inconsistent with our bedrock values” and said it “strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.” We’ll give Newsom
A senior opposition congressman appealed Thursday to the Malaysian government to spare the lives of 48 Filipinos who are on death row in the country.His appeal came following reports that Kuala Lumpur has decided to scrap the mandatory hanging for 11 offenses.Senior Deputy Minority Leader and
A part of the 11th Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, by Iran Human Right (IHR), deals with the execution of Women, Juveniles and foreign citizens in the country.➤ Read the full report here (pdf)Juvenile executions: Trends and legislative reformsThe new Islamic Penal Code (IPC) adopted
Cruel and inhuman punishments such as death by stoning for same-sex sexual acts and amputation for robbery will come into effect in Brunei Darussalam next week, Amnesty International said today.“Pending provisions in Brunei’s Penal Code would allow stoning and amputation as punishments –
Southall Black Sisters, the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, #ProtectionForAll, campaign,Istanbul Convention, include migrant women, Domestic Abuse BillProtection from abuse and torture is a human right; it must not be dependent on visa status.Southall Black Sisters and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting in the House of Commons recently to urgently discuss the failure of the Domestic Abuse Bill to
The Hong Kong government has announced that nine types of commercial crime will be excluded from the upcoming update to the city’s extradition laws. The new plan will allow Hong Kong to handle extradition requests from places such as mainland China and Taiwan.The business sector had voiced
Home Affairs Committee, report, Home Office, failures, Indefinate Detention, 28-day limit, conclusions and recomendations,‘Lengthy immigration detention is unnecessary, inhumane and causes harm’.The Home Office ‘has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention’ and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs
While the governor of the country's most populous state halted death penalty executions, that decision may not have a national impact.Within two southern states, Texas and Oklahoma, 5 counties are responsible for 1 in 5 executions since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in
While we as a state may have our disagreement about the overall topic of capital punishment, it is the law. There are state laws pertaining to its administration, and Nebraskans expect their elected officials to follow the law.At some point, though, defending unwarranted secrecy around the death
Colombo, March 24 The Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday detained nine Iranian nationals who attempted to smuggle 100 kg of heroin into the island country.The Iranians were nabbed off the country's southern coast following a joint raid conducted by the Special Task Force and the Police Narcotics Bureau
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian convicted of murder in 2015 was executed at Singapore's Changi Prison on Friday (March 22) morning.Michael Garing, 29, who is from Kapit, Sarawak, was convicted of murder by the Singapore High Court in 2015. His appeal was thrown out by the
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D- Marin County) Wednesday led a statewide coalition of lawmakers in announcing the introduction of Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 12, to abolish the death penalty in California. As introduced, ACA 12 would end California’s failed death penalty in 2020 by
Yesterday, by a vote of 7 to 0, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Patrick Murphy’s request for the commutation of his death sentence or, in the alternative, a 90-day reprieve in order to await legislation that has been filed in the 86th Texas Legislature.Here is the statement of his
The tapes featuring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and 3 of his accused co-conspirators were made between April and October 2001, prosecutors say.Military prosecutors say they have tapes of telephone calls between the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and 3 of his
A man who renounced his Islamic faith and fled a death sentence in Iran using a false passport, has been handed a suspended sentence this afternoon.30-year-old Mostafa Nasirpour was arraigned before magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo by police inspector Lara Butters on charges of possession and
After June 8, 2014, when General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi came to power in Egypt, displacing President Morsi (who was elected by popular vote), a total of 42 people were executed in Egypt. Turkey strongly condemns the practice of capital punishment, while European countries continue not to express
Japan’s use of the death penalty has hampered negotiations with Australia on what would be an unprecedented agreement to tighten maritime defense cooperation in the face of China’s aggressive behavior.The talks are intended to set the legal status of both armed forces when they visit each other’s
Centre for Women's Justice, super-complaint, HMIPFRS, police, not protecting women, ‘There is a systemic failure to meet the state’s duty to safeguard a highly vulnerable section of the population.’The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has submitted a super-complaint which accuses the police of a “systemic failure” to protect a “highly vulnerable section” of the population to a
Robin “Rocky” Myers may be innocent and intellectually disabled. His jury did not think he should be sentenced to die. Alabama intends to execute him anyway. Myers’ case is rife with legal issues, but he received no federal court review because his appellate lawyer abandoned him without notice
Sharia Penal Code to be passed in the next two weeksBrunei will pass its Sharia Penal Code (SPC) by 3 April, Gay Star News has learned.The controversial penal code includes death by stoning for people convicted of sodomy, among other numerous brutal sentences.Other Sharia punishments include the
“Abolition now! Abolition now!”Hundreds of human rights campaigners from countries across the world chanted this as they marched on the streets of Brussels, calling for the universal end to capital punishment.The participants of the rally, which was held recently in Belgium’s capital as part of
Colorado’s Senate has for the second time this week postponed its floor debate on a bill to repeal the death penalty. The vote is rescheduled for April 1, after lawmakers iron out the state budget over the next 11 days. Passage of the bill seemed certain in the Democratic-controlled legislature
Malaysia pleads for citizen as Singapore prepares to execute man convicted of murder Mahathir seeks clemency for condemned man in SingaporeBarring a last-minute pardon or stay of execution by Singapore authorities, Michael Garing will be put to death in the early hours of March 22. The