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USA | It Is Time to End the Lethal Injection Mess

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On June 23, amidst all furor over its gun rights and abortion decisions, the Supreme Court handed down a little noticed death penalty decision, Nance v Ward . In that case, a five-Justice majority ruled that death row inmates could file suits using 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, a federal law that authorizes citizens to sue in federal court for the deprivation of rights, to bring suit alleging that an execution method violated the Eighth Amendment. Michael Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002, will now be able to proceed with his suit contesting Georgia’s plan to execute him by lethal injection. Nance suffers from medical conditions that have compromised his veins. To use lethal injection, the only execution method now authorized by state law, prison authorities would have to “cut his neck” to establish an intravenous execution line. He also claims that his long-time use of a drug for back pain would diminish the effect of the sedative used in Georgia’s drug cocktail. Nance alleges that

Texas death row inmate wants stay of execution to donate his kidney

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Ramiro Gonzales is scheduled for execution on July 13th for the rape and murder of an 18 year old woman in Medina County in 2001. His attorneys say the idea of Gonzales' donating a kidney began with his correspondence with a Cantor in Maryland who mentioned a congregant at his synagogue needed a donor. Gonzales volunteered. His attorneys have filed several appeals, including one this week to Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking for a 30 day reprieve so Gonzales can be a donor, something that can be granted without a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. Gonzales' lawyer Thea Posel says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a procedure for organ donation by incarcerated people. He was screened and learned he was not a match for that person. "But he does have a pretty rare blood type, and that means he's an excellent candidate for donation as well as someone who could provide this life preserving treatment for someone who's on the waitlist of

European court tells Russia to ensure two Britons do not face death penalty

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LONDON -The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said on Thursday it had issued an order to Russia to ensure that two Britons captured after fighting for Ukraine do not face the death penalty. Earlier this month, a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine sentenced British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner to death, accusing them of “mercenary activities”. The ECHR said it had issued an order for interim measures, telling Russia it “should ensure that the death penalty imposed on the applicants was not carried out; ensure appropriate conditions of their detention; and provide them with any necessary medical assistance and medication”. Russia, whose parliament passed legislation this month to remove it from the jurisdiction of Europe’s top human rights court, said it was not bound by the order. “Russia no longer complies with the prescriptions of the EHCR, that’s all there is to say,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He said “the fate of

Iran executes a gay man under label of sodomy

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According to experts, Iran’s regime frequently uses the charge of sodomy to impose the death penalty on gays and lesbians. Iran executed 10 people on Wednesday, including a gay man, in Karaj, the capital of the Alborz Province, just outside of Tehran. News organization Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported on Thursday about the latest wave of executions in the Islamic Republic. According to HRANA, the identities of 2 of the executed people, Iman Safari Rad and Mehdi Khalgoldi, have been verified by HRANA. Iman Safavi Rad had previously been sentenced to death on charges of "sodomy" and Mehdi Khalgoldi on charges of "rape.” According to experts, Iran’s regime frequently uses the charge of sodomy to impose the death penalty on gays and lesbians. Speaking from Germany, Dr. Kazem Moussavi, an Iranian dissident who writes about the clerical regime’s human rights violations, told The Jerusalem Post that the mullah regime labels same-sex relations as sodomy and he

Rights Watchdog Says Iran Secretly Executed 10 Prisoners On June 29

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The Norway-based watchdog Iran Human Rights says it has found evidence that 10 people convicted of various charges had their punishments meted out in a mass execution on June 29 at the Rajai-Shahr prison in the city of Karaj. In a statement dated June 30, the group said 8 of those executed had been convicted of murder, while the 9th had been convicted of sodomy and the 10th of rape. Farhad Meisamy, a civil activist who has been in the same prison for more than 4 years, wrote in a note earlier this month that "about 200 executions are carried out in this prison every year." As of June 28, 239 executions had been recorded in Iran this year, including more than 3 a day over the past month, according to Iran Human Rights, a pace that puts Iran within reach of the 517 executions it carried out in 2017. "There is no evidence of any dramatic changes [in crime rates] that would explain this," Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director of the rights watchdog told RFE/RL by teleph

Iran executions more than double in first half of 2022

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Paris (AFP) – Executions in Iran have more than doubled in the first half of 2022, an NGO said Friday, warning that the surge in hangings was aimed at spreading fear at a time of protests. From January 1 to June 30, 251 people were hanged in Iran compared with 117 in the first half of last year, Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) said in a report. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had expressed concern last month over the rise in executions, with Iran again executing drug offenders in high numbers and many people from ethnic minorities. Iran has over the last months seen nationwide protests over economic grievances such as the rise in cost of basic staples including bread. "There is no doubt that spreading fear to counteract the growing popular anti-regime protests is the main goal of these executions," IHR founder Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam told AFP. "Only stronger international reactions and domestic campaigns against the executions can raise the political cost of t

Oklahoma begins setting execution dates for 25 death row inmates; first one set for Aug. 25

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Oklahoma will resume executions on Aug. 25 and then carry out lethal injections in stages through the end of 2024. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is setting 25 execution dates for convicted murderers who have exhausted appeals of their convictions and sentences. An order setting the dates for the first six executions was filed Friday morning. First up in August is James A. Coddington who murdered a friend in Choctaw in 1997. His attorney said in a statement Friday he "embodies the principle of redemption." "Prison staff have given him accolades for his problem-free record and commitment to serving the prison community and engaging in academic study over his 15 years on death row. James is the most deeply and sincerely remorseful client I have ever represented,” attorney Emma Rolls said. Second up in September is Richard E. Glossip, who was within an hour of being executed in 2015 when a doctor realized the wrong drug had been delivered. Glossip His innocence clai

Singapore To Conduct Another Execution For Drug Trafficking: Activists

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A Malaysian drug trafficker is due to be hanged in Singapore next week, campaigners said Friday, two months after the execution of a mentally disabled man in the city-state sparked outrage. Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of trafficking heroin into the city-state, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, Singapore-based activists and advocacy group Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network said. Singapore has faced mounting calls to abolish the death penalty, but continues to insist that it has helped keep the city-state one of Asia's safest places. Kirsten Han, a prominent Singaporean rights activist, said Singh's family members informed her of the impending hanging. "It's horrifying how the Singapore state doubles down on hanging people for drug offences time and again, even as research fails to present conclusive evidence that the death penalty actually works the way the Singapore government claims it does," Han told AFP. In April, the execution of the mentally

Pakistan rejects EU demands to end death penalty

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Pakistan cannot abolish the death penalty due to political implications and religious implications. Pakistan is refusing to comply with the European Union (EU) demands of abolishing the death penalty for the extension of the new Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). According to the details, the EU Parliament had proposed additional conventions for the new GSP+ scheme (2024-34). These conventions include the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – Individual complaints against State party in ICC – and First Optional Protocol to the International Convention Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – Individual complaints against State party in ICCPR-UNHRC. There is also a second optional protocol to the ICCPR which bounds a country to abolish the death penalty. Pakistan, which has been a major recipient of the GSP+ scheme for the last seven years, had not ratified any of the conditions as the ratification carries several legal and political implications. Pakistan un

Turkey's Erdogan says ready to back reinstating death penalty

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would approve possibly reinstating the death penalty if parliament were to send a bill on the matter to him, broadcaster NTV cited him as saying on Friday. Erdogan’s justice minister said at the weekend Turkey would consider turning back the 2004 abolishment of capital punishment after the president earlier raised the issue in connection with the cause of wildfires.  His nationalist ally Devlet Bahceli has backed the idea and said the penalty should extend to terrorism, rape, and the murder of women. “If necessary, this should be brought back on the agenda and made into a debate. We should see what comes of this debate,” Erdogan was cited as saying. “I said it before, if parliament makes such a decision as a result of our justice ministry’s work, I will approve this decision,” he added. Source:  nationalpost.com, Staff, June 29, 2022 đźš© | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece

Russia-backed separatists to start using death penalty from 2025 criminal code

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Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine where 2 Britons and a Moroccan have been sentenced to death say the death penalty will start being used from 2025, according to an updated criminal code of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). The DPR has had the death penalty on its statute books since 2014, but no legislation outlining how to enforce it until now. Rights group Amnesty International, which tracks the use of the death penalty worldwide, has not recorded any instances of official executions in the region. A court in the DPR in June sentenced two Britons - Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner - and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun to death for "mercenary activities" after they were captured fighting with Ukrainian forces. Their lawyers say they will appeal the decision, which was handed down after a hasty non-jury trial with no access for independent or international media. It was unclear what the new rules - outlined in an updated version of the DPR's criminal exe