imageA circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling yesterday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that... A circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling yesterday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that halted executions. Shepherd ruled
imageBangladesh's Supreme Court today cleared the way for the execution of a senior leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, 3 months after it overturned a tribunal's ruling that sentenced him to life for genocide during the 1971 war. The apex court headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel
On facing the death penalty, Nelson Mandela spoke from the dock at the culmination of the Rivonia Trial in April 1964: "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have
Karen Robertson – Telegraph – Friday, 06 December 2013 I was on a bus brimming with the exuberance of South African women singing freedom songs. It was August 9, 1999, National Women’s Day, and we were on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison for 18 of his 27 years behind
imageThree-day event in London to showcase female talent. From 16-18 December the Women in the Arts festival will bring together women producers, writers, actors, poets, musicians, comedians, artists and directors to foster collaboration, build mutual support and to examine how we can
imageThere's another bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to abolish the death penalty. Democratic State Representative Nickie Antonio is one of the bill's sponsors. She says the death penalty needs to be banned because it currently is levied disproportionately upon African Americans and
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Militarism and its push toward military armed violence is one of the leading factors contributing today to violence against women worldwide, says a new campaign for human rights advocates Amnesty International. Working to coordinate
image‘An influential figure from art history and important for feminism’. The Hayward Gallery’s current exhibition ‘Ana Mendieta: Traces’ is the UK’s first retrospective of one of the most significant yet under-acknowledged artists of the late 20th century. It
imageOhio Death Chamber There is rare issue of agreement in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign: Both Republican incumbent John Kasich and his likely Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald oppose legislative efforts to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio. At the statehouse Tuesday
imageA French appeal court has ruled against the extradition of Beninese businessman Patrice Talon, who is accused of plottting to kill President Thomas Boni Yayi. "I'm happy for democracy in my homeland," Talon said after Wednesday's judgement. "This is a fight for democracy in Benin." And
image‘You can tell how civilized a society is by how it treats it’s weakest members.’ Increasing public outrage about food poverty has been made clear as in just 24 hours over 70,000 people signed a petition calling for a parliamentary debate on UK hunger and food bank use. In a
imageA great result for the WoW petition – it has reached its target of 100,000 signatures! The petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions – rather than the political aims
imageISLAMABAD: In a written statement to the Senate on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan's case for greater access to European markets would be substantially weaker if it does not abolish the death penalty. In the written response, the Foreign Ministry said that the case of
Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Syria’s civil war has caused a big increase in ‘honor killings’ and child marriages and the breakdown of the healthcare system, a British-Syrian doctor said on
imageThe stark reality of the cuts is that women and children fleeing abuse have fewer places to run to. A new report from Women’s Aid, a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children, shows the huge gap in funding for domestic violence (DV) services in the UK
imageThe appealed court hearing of a woman in Ibb who had been sentenced to death in a self-defense case has been postponed until the end of December due to the resignation of the judge presiding over the case. Raja Al-Hakami, 29, was imprisoned in October 2010 for shooting a 37-year-old man
imageWe want every young person, teacher and parent to challenge this language and change the culture of our schools. The UK’s Minister for Women and Equality Jo Swinson MP, launched a project set up to confront homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools on 21 November, in the
image‘Girls and young women are just as likely to be harassed at school as on the street’. Sexism is affecting the everyday lives of 75 per cent of Britain’s young women and girls, according to new research released by Girlguiding. The report, ‘Girls’ Attitudes
imageExecution in Gaza, October 2013 RAMALLAH, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A Hamas military court on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip to death for collaborating with Israel, a statement said. The statement from the military judiciary did not give further information
imageThe Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has ordered for deletion of life imprisonment term from "Tahafaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat" law, saying sentence in blasphemy case is only death sentence and awarding any other punishment in this respect is not lawful. A 5-member larger bench of the FSC, headed by
imageIran Human Rights, December 5: Four Ahwazi Arab political prisoners have been executed, according to reports received by Iran Human Rights (IHR). The executions are also reported by BBC Persian and several other sources. Ghazi Abbasi, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh , Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and
Democracy Now! – WNN Features (WNN/DN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As United States citizens accept the pervasive role slavery had on the emerging society inside the the U.S. during the building of the nation, slaves that were bought and sold in the country’s northern region
imageBelow is a message – and a link to a video – from Mary, who is directly affected by the ongoing welfare cuts. ‘Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know about an emergency that is happening to disabled people in the UK right now as you read this. Some of
imageThe 1,800 prisoners of Qezel Hessar Prison who had gone on hunger strike against the death penalty ended their strike after authorities made a series of promises. HRANA reports that on Wednesday morning, judicial and prison officials visited prisoners in ward 2 of Qezel Hessar and assured
WNN Breaking (WNN/NWI) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: The women of Sudan are facing a crisis of sexual violence with no end in sight.  This is the finding of a new report released today by The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict that documents the
imageReview of a short film based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution. The premiere of an 11-minute film - Honest Lies - by screenwriter and producer Gabriella Apicella, recently took place at Amnesty International’s headquarters in front of
imageIndonesian authorities have separately arrested a German man and an Austrian woman for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the country, officials said Thursday, an offense punishable by death. The German, 49, arrived at Jakarta’s international airport from the Senegal capital
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: At the age of 95 one of the world’s greatest human rights icons has died. His Excellancy Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died peacefully in his home in the neighborhood of Houghton in Johannesburg. Before this he spent time near the
imageNever before has Tennessee asked to execute so many of the condemned. Officials here, believing they are free of the latest round of challenges to Tennessee's death penalty, recently asked the state Supreme Court for execution dates for 10 death row inmates. One of those 10, Billy Ray
imageIn a land of punishingly bad food, the vending machines are the stuff of dreams The people who visit inmates on San Quentin's death row are a mixed bag. Women by a large majority, plus a few toddlers, lawyers, religious nuts, activist journalists and the occasional serial killer
imageArizona Death Chamber Jodi Arias' sentencing retrial will occur in virtual privacy, as the presiding judge has ruled in favor of a media blackout. Cameras are not permitted into the courtroom as Arias' fate is once again put in the hands of a jury, declared Maricopa County
Ben Hubbard – New York Times – Thursday, 05 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The bearded religious police officers were not the ones who chastised the princess running the Harvey Nichols department store here when she decided to enhance the
Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters from being murdered and to safeguard
Tiffany Barry – Stabroek News – Wednesday, 04 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) The 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and ends on December 10, International