Former crime reporter Michelle Lyons, who witnessed nearly 300 executions in Texas, US, reveals the desperate acts of death row prisoners who refused to accept their fate After spending years or often decades locked up in a tiny cell for 23 hours a day, most Death Row inmates go willingly to their executions. However, some refuse to die quietly Leggi Tutto
Draconian new laws have spread unease rather than outright panic in a population that is used to finding ways around legislationA day after it became legally possible to be stoned to death for having gay sex in Brunei, 21-year-old Zain* got a bitter taste of the new reality.Walking down the
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia.The Government of
Last October, our state Supreme Court ruled that the historical record of cases in which juries had imposed the death penalty reflected an arbitrariness and racial bias that violated Washington’s constitution. This was the fourth time in the past half-century our high court found the state’s
petition, revoke Article 50, debate, Parliament, 1 April 2019, watch the debate“…failing to deliver Brexit would cause “potentially irreparable damage to public trust”.Over 5 million people signed a petition recently calling on the UK government to revoke Article 50 and for the UK to remain in the European Union.The government’s response, via the Department for Exiting
Amid global condemnation, the severe penalties came into effect on Wednesday and apply to Muslims, non-Muslims and foreigners even when not in the country but travelling on Brunei registered aircraft or vessels.Before the new legal regime commenced, homosexuality was illegal and punishable by up
Sri Lankan authorities have reportedly begun interviewing 47 candidates for 2 positions as hangmen, even as rights groups slammed the country’s move to bring back the death penalty after a decades-long moratorium.The island nation hasn’t executed a criminal in 43 years, but President Maithripala
Protests over Brunei introducing draconian new laws with brutal punishments for gay sex, adultery and theft are now being aimed at the nationally-owned Royal Brunei Airlines.Virgin Australia Airlines has already confirmed it has cancelled its staff travel deal with the national carrier over the
Dallas, Apr 4 -- Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the US Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him.Effective immediately, the Texas
Gender pay gap guidance, gender pay gap reporting, revision needed, letter, Penny Mordaunt, Women's Place UK, motherhood penalty, sexual harassment at work, self-identified gender, Research attributes much of the gender pay gap to a ‘motherhood penalty’.Woman’s Place UK (WPUK) has written to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt MP, asking her to revise guidance for employers which states that they should report on their gender pay gap based on their
A controversial new penal code goes into effect in Brunei today that could see those convicted of sodomy stoned to death, and lesbians given 100 lashes or up to ten years in jail.“Brunei Darussalam is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country, and like all other independent countries
It’s been on state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s wish list for years, but it’s looking more and more likely that a bill to abolish Washington state’s death penalty will finally cross the finish line.The bill to abolish the death penalty has already passed the state Senate, and passed out of the
Iraq’s Nineveh Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced a man who reportedly worked as a lawyer for the Islamic State following the emergence of the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria in 2014.The person held a prominent position within the group’s hierarchy, according to a statement released by the
The Saudi Arabian government has insisted that the execution of Mrs Kudirat Adesola Afolabi, a widow and mother of 2, was carried out after exhausting all legal procedures.The government also said it is determined to apply the law on any person against whom evidence is established in order to
Another Nigerian has been arrested in Jeddah airport, Saudi Arabia for allegedly smuggling about 1,138g of cocaine, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said.Dabiri-Erewa in an interview with newsmen in Abuja Friday expressed disappointment
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio prison officials say a death row inmate has died, apparently from natural causes.The Springfield News-Sun reports authorities say 44-year-old Jason Dean died March 23 at the state's medical treatment prison in Columbus "due to apparent natural causes." Ohio's Department
Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France) has condemned the execution of a Nigerian woman by the Saudi government for drug-related offences.The Nigerian woman was executed alongside 2 Pakistanis and a Yemeni.The organisation urged Saudi Arabia to “repeal death penalty from its statutes
The Sultan of the south-east Asian country has made gay sex offences punishable by death by stoning.There are 2,000 personnel based in Brunei.The Defence Secretary says the Government is seeking assurances that thousands of British troops will not be affected by new anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Brunei.The
The Federal Court nine-member bench today struck down a provision under the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 (DDA) which allows the use of "double presumptions" to secure the conviction of an accused person charge for drug trafficking.In a landmark decision, the bench led by Chief Justice Richard Malanjum
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI (AFP) - Transgender woman Zoella Zayce fled her native Brunei last year as the country shifted towards hardline Islam, and thinks more of the LGBT community will follow after the death penalty for gay sex was introduced.The absolute monarchy on tropical Borneo island
Lady Dorrian, review, develop new proposals, management, sexual offences, dealt with, Scottish criminal justice systemAction on improving rape survivors experience of the justice system “necessary and urgent”.A judicially led review, chaired by Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk, and the second most senior judge in Scotland, has been announced that aims to develop new proposals for how sexual offences are dealt
The Asian state of Brunei implemented new strict Islamic laws on Wednesday, which allows the death penalty for homosexual intercourse and for women who had an abortion to be publicly flogged. The Netherlands is "deeply concerned" by these "inhumane penalties", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Aairs
An effort to repeal Colorado's death penalty has hit a major roadblock. Sources tell FOX31 that the legislation -- which had no trouble advancing out of Senate committees -- has been delayed several times from debate on the Senate floor over concerns the votes aren't there for passage.One major
Attempts to implement the death penalty after 42 years may undermine much needed international support for the current counter narcotics campaign, experts caution.The recent police and military successes in intercepting large shipments of narcotics was the result of shared intelligence, both
Authorities in breakaway Abkhazia* plan to lift its moratorium on capital punishment in 2020 as tougher sentences are brought in against drug crime.The de facto parliament of breakaway Abkhazia has adopted a new law which imposes tougher punishments for selling large quantities of drugs
campaign successes, marriage certificates, mothers' names, civil partnerships, different sex partners, civil marriage, #ADateToCelebrateTwo campaign victories to celebrate.After a petition set up by Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler calling for mothers’ names to be on marriage certificates alongside fathers’ names raised 70,000 signatures – in 2014 – David Cameron announced that he had instructed the Home Office to address the inequality
Brunei must immediately halt plans to introduce stonings and other vicious punishmentsResponding to the news that Brunei Darussalam has today finalised the implementation of a new Shariah Penal Code that introduces cruel punishments such as death by stoning for same-sex sexual acts and amputation
A farm worker, who killed his cousin because the victim demanded that he pay back the Dh400 he owed, has been sentenced to death.The Abu Dhabi Cassation Court upheld the rulings of the lower courts that found the Asian man guilty of premeditated murder.Court documents showed that the man had a
LONDON, April 5 - Travel agents, London's transport network and finance houses were among the rising number of companies on Friday to cut ties with businesses owned by Brunei to protest over the Sultanate's introduction of the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.The Muslim-majority former
INQUEST, Annabella Landsberg, HMP Peterborough, serious failingsIn the past ten years, ten women have died in HMP Peterborough.The inquest into the death of Annabella Landsberg, who was 45 and had Type 2 diabetes, has concluded, finding a catalogue of serious failures in HMP Peterborough, a private prison run by Sodexo.After two weeks of evidence, the
Aceh, the only Indonesian province given special authority to enact sharia laws, has seen numerous instances of human rights violations in their enforcement of their ultra-conservative interpretation of said laws, such as public canings for those caught engaging in premarital and LGBT
Iraq will try 12 French nationals accused of fighting for the Islamic State group, who were caught by US-backed fighters in neighbouring Syria and transferred to Baghdad in February.No court date has been set, but the suspects will be tried according to Iraq's counterterrorism law -- which can
In a 5-to-4 decision that revealed fault lines and considerable friction over the use of the death penalty, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a death row inmate in Missouri may be executed by lethal injection notwithstanding a rare medical condition that he says will cause excruciating pain
Two pharmaceutical companies objected to legislative efforts to expand the secrecy surrounding the source of Arkansas’ lethal injection drugs, saying the proposal would hamper their ability to ensure their products aren’t being used for executions.Officials with Hikma Pharmaceuticals and