Anti-death penalty group says there were fewer executions partially due to COVID-19SAN ANTONIO – The state of Texas executed three convicted killers and juries across the state handed down just two death sentences in 2020.In Bexar County, where the capital murder trial of accused cop killer Otis McKane is on hold due to COVID-19 concerns, there have been only two death sentences Leggi Tutto
The regime in Tehran hanged three prisoners on Sunday, including two political prisoners, in Zahedan northeast Iran, bringing the number of executions in just twenty days to 30.On December 31, 2020, the regime hanged three Sunni prisoners, Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani, and Mohammad Ali
On Monday, 04 January 2020, the Northern Gaza Court of First Instance issued a death sentence by hanging against F. N. (32), from Jabalia refugee camp, who was convicted of premeditated murder of his aunt, Ne’ma Fares al-Nemnem, on 12 December 2015.The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
As we enter 2021, it’s time to look back at human rights in Iran during the past year, with the help of the Iran Human Rights Monitor, and to describe the situation as bleak would be a horrific understatement.This article will focus solely on the staggering number of executions carried out in
All year long in her cell in Texas, Lisa Montgomery crochets angels and Christmas tree ornaments and elaborate nativity scenes overrun with more angels. On Christmas Eve, her attorneys called her to say that a judge in Washington, D.C., had ruled that a new execution date for her couldn’t even be
Lai Xiaomin found guilty of taking bribes totalling $279m, other acts of corruption and bigamyThe former head of one of China’s biggest asset management companies has been sentenced to death for corruption, in a relatively rare instance of the country meting out the death penalty for financial
President Joko Widodo has signed a government regulation (PP) giving teeth to a controversial law on punishing convicted child molesters with chemical castration.The PP was signed on Dec. 7 but a copy of the document only circulated widely yesterday. Titled PP No. 70/2020 on chemical castration
On Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement condemning the execution, earlier that same day, of a juvenile offender in the Islamic Republic of Iran.The incident stood out as a late addition to the country’s catalogue of human rights abuses for the year
The spree of federal executions is breaking me. I have worked as a mitigation specialist in death penalty cases for 16 years. My role is to learn as much as I can about my client and to provide that information to courts or juries so that they have a complete picture of the person whose fate they
Death penalty opponents hope they have enough bipartisan support from lawmakers to get a bill passed next year ending executions in Virginia, a state that has put more people to death in its long history than any other.Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, is again sponsoring a measure that would
LIVINGSTON, Texas (KCBD) - An inmate sentenced to death for a 1998 murder was found dead in his cell on Tuesday.Joe Franco Garza, Jr. was charged in the strangulation death of 71-year-old Silbiano Rangel. Police say Garza also stole Rangel’s truck, and then forged checks on his account. Rangel’s
A lawyer for the only woman on federal death row is sounding alarms about executions during a pandemic. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is appealing a judge's decision to halt the execution of Lisa Montgomery.TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A lawyer for the only woman on federal death row is
The highest court in Japan has endorsed a ruling granting the country’s longest-serving death row inmate a retrial.Iwao Hakamada, 84, has been on death row for more than 50 years after he was convicted of robbing and murdering his boss as well as the man’s wife and two children.He argues
To fend off any form of protest and uprisings, the Iranian regime issued unfair and heavy sentences to crackdown on protesters and dissidents. The regime also used vicious tortures as a means to silence any voice of dissent.The policy of “creating fear by use of heavy sentences” turned into the
MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) insisted Wednesday that reviving the death penalty "would not genuinely address" rape and other cases of sexual violence, amid calls for its reimposition after the controversial death of flight attendant Christine Dacera. In the afternoon of January
The first package of amendments into the Belarusian criminal legislation has already been approved by the National Assembly; it is to come into force in 2021.The second package is being developed. The lawmakers are expected to consider it in a few months. It might take effect no earlier than next
TOKYO - A Japanese court finalized on Tuesday a death penalty ruling given to the man dubbed Japan's "Twitter killer" after he withdrew an appeal filed by his lawyers in the case related to the 2017 serial murders of nine people who posted suicidal thoughts on social media.The defense team for
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn a high court ruling that rejected a request by high-profile former death row inmate Iwao Hakamada for a retrial and send the case back to the high court opens the door for a possible acquittal.Hakamada was sentenced to death for the fatal stabbings of four
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.The ruling, handed down Friday by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, concluded
The United Nations has condemned Iran for executing a man convicted of murder when he was 16 years old, saying the punishment violated international law.The UN human rights office in Geneva said Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was executed on December 31.He was the fourth juvenile offender put to death
The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the Trump administration’s plan to carry out three more executions before Inauguration Day.A federal judge last week vacated Lisa Montgomery’s Jan. 12 scheduled execution date because the judge had a stay pending when the Justice Department set it. The judge
Alfred Bourgeois was put to death by the Trump administration on Dec. 11. Like nine other prisoners who came before him this year, Bourgeois was killed with a legal injection of the drug pentobarbital while strapped to a gurney in an execution chamber at the Federal Corrections Complex in Terre
An Ohio death row inmate who survived an attempt to execute him by lethal injection in 2009 has died of possible complications of Covid-19, the state prisons system said.Romell Broom, 64, has been placed on the “Covid probable list” maintained by the department of rehabilitation and correction
The death penalty handed out to a former Chinese finance chief found guilty of corruption has been heavily criticised by human rights groups.Lai Xiaomin was arrested in 2018 on charges of taking 1.8bn yuan (£200m, $280m) in bribes over a 10-year period.It is one of the most severe sentences to
New Delhi, Jan 6 (PTI) -- A man, who was awarded death sentence for his alleged involvement in a case in which four persons including two minor children were killed, has been acquitted by the Supreme Court which said it was not safe to rely on the version of a minor witness who was five-year-old
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 5, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed with juvenile offender, Hassan Rezaei, in Rasht Central Prison on New Year’s Eve. Another prisoner committed suicide after his brother was transferred for execution.According to
In July, after a 16-year interval of no federal executions, the Trump Justice Department began carrying out seven executions from July 14 through Sept. 24, 2020. Three more are scheduled between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15.Few Americans are aware of these executions, but without last-minute clemencies it
Instead of instituting capital punishment, governments need to address the social and legal problems underpinning the region’s epidemic of sexual violence.Despite the severe punishments meted out in many South Asian countries, sexual violence is endemic in the region. Afghanistan, Bangladesh
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 3, 2020: Elias Ghalandarzehi and Hassan Dehvari, two Baluch prisoners on death row, have been executed at Zahedan Central Prison. A third prisoner named Omid Mahmoudzehi, on death row for the charge of “moharebeh” (enmity against God), was also executed along with
A Maryland federal court stated it cannot direct an upcoming execution to be carried out in the government’s Indiana death chamber, adding a new hurdle to the Trump administration’s plans to execute 3 inmates before Inauguration Day.In the December 29, 2020 ruling, the Maryland federal district
The government has executed 10 people in the past five months, but only 13% of registered voters say they’ve heard a lot about it, a HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.The Trump administration has executed 10 people over the last five months — the first federal executions in nearly two decades. The
Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 31, 2020:  Juvenile convict Hassan Rezaei has been executed at Rasht Central Prison. Iran Human Rights condemns his execution in the strongest terms.Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, IHR director said: “The international community and European states in particular, must
The number of death sentences and executions in the US has fallen off a cliff since the 1990s. 2020 continued that trend.Fewer people were executed in 2020 than in any year for nearly three decades, and fewer people were sentenced to die than at any point since the Supreme Court created the
GEORGE TOWN: The High Court has denied bail for an 18-year-old college student who allegedly tossed her baby out of a 13th-floor apartment unit in July.M. Santhea, who was charged with the offence, pleaded not guilty to killing her newborn daughter at 8.25am on July 10 at the Sri Ivory Apartment