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California: With state executions on hold, death penalty foes rethink ballot strategy

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California advocates of abolishing the death penalty got a jolt of momentum in March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would not allow any executions to take place while he was in office.
But after trying twice this decade to persuade voters to end capital punishment, they have no plans to go to the ballot again in 2020. Rather than seeking to build on Newsom’s temporary reprieve for Death Row inmates, activists are taking their own pause.
Grappling with the legacy of their two failed initiatives, advocates are reassessing their strategy and retooling their message. Natasha Minsker, a political consultant who has long been involved with abolition efforts, said the governor’s moratorium has given advocates the opportunity to do long-term planning.
“There’s this excitement and energy in our movement that we haven’t had in a long time,” Minsker said.
Newsom’s executive order caught many Californians by surprise. Although he supported the unsuccessful ballot measures to abolish t…

Ten Men and One Woman Executed in Iran Today - One Man Hanged in Public on Sunday

Iran Human Rights, November 26: According to reliable sources in Iran eleven prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran).

The female prisoner was transferred from the Gharchak prison of Varamin to Ghezelhesar for execution.

The executions were reported by the groups "Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran" and HRANA. Iran Human Rights (IHR) has confirmed the executions through independent sources and has the names of the ten Ghezelhesar prisoners.

According to the Iranian State Broadcasting, one Afghan citizen was hanged in public in the town of Khonj (Fars Province, southern Iran) on Sunday. 

The prisoner who was not identified by name was 32 year old and convicted of two murders allegedly committed in 2006.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 26, 2013

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