FEATURED POST

Capital Punishment in the United States Explained

Image
In our Explainer series, Fair Punishment Project lawyers help unpackage some of the most complicated issues in the criminal justice system. We break down the problems behind the headlines - like bail, civil asset forfeiture, or the Brady doctrine - so that everyone can understand them. Wherever possible, we try to utilize the stories of those affected by the criminal justice system to show how these laws and principles should work, and how they often fail. We will update our Explainers monthly to keep them current. Read our updated explainer here.
To beat the clock on the expiration of its lethal injection drug supply, this past April, Arkansas tried to execute 8 men over 1 days. The stories told in frantic legal filings and clemency petitions revealed a deeply disturbing picture. Ledell Lee may have had an intellectual disability that rendered him constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty, but he had a spate of bad lawyers who failed to timely present evidence of this claim -…

David Cameron under pressure to discuss human rights during the Indonesian president's visit

David Cameron and Joko Widodo
David Cameron and Joko Widodo
British business received a near £1 billion boost on the first day of a visit by Indonesia’s president, as Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to raise the country’s human rights record.

President Joko Widodo held talks with the Prime Minister in Downing Street as a deal was signed with Rolls-Royce and Airbus to upgrade passenger planes for Indonesia’s national carrier.

The agreement will help secure jobs at Airbus facilities in Filton, near Bristol, and Broughton, North Wales, Downing Street said.

The deal came as Amnesty International urged the Prime Minister to press President Widodo regarding recent executions in the country.

The pressure group also asked Cameron to raise the case of British woman Lindsay Sandiford who is on death row in Indonesia. The 59-year-old former legal secretary from Cheltenham was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.

Neither leader took questions as they posed for photographs in Downing Street, but Cameron praised Indonesia for fighting extremism while standing up for Islam.

“We have already discussed the vital question of how we fight extremism and terrorism across the globe, and here, I think, Indonesia has an absolutely key role to play.

“I have been so impressed by what I’ve seen of Indonesia’s approach to fighting terrorism, fighting extremism, but also standing up for Islam,” Cameron said.

President Widodo said Britain is his country’s partner in Europe, and the PM stressed that he wanted to conclude an economic partnership agreement between Brussels and Indonesia.

The Indonesian leader, who has been given the honour of addressing members of both Houses of Parliament, insisted his country was keen to ensure democracy, tolerance and Islam could all exist together.

Papang Hidayat, Indonesia researcher at Amnesty International, criticised President Widodo’s record.

“Trade deals must not be made by the UK Government at the expense of condemning the deeply troubling human rights abuses which have taken place under President Widodo’s leadership,” he said.

Source: BT, April 19, 2016

- Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com - Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Most Viewed (Last 30 Days)

Harris County leads Texas in life without parole sentences as death penalty recedes

Idaho County commissioners take stand against death penalty

Texas: Reginald Blanton executed

30-year-old Chinese inmate bids farewell to daughter, wife and mother before execution

USA: Executions, Death Sentences Up Slightly in 2017

Indonesian death penalty laws to be softened to allow reformed prisoners to avoid execution

Japan hangs 2 inmates; first executions since July

Death penalty cases of 2017 featured botched executions, claims of innocence, 'flawed' evidence

Virginia Governor commutes death sentence of killer found mentally incompetent to be executed

5 worrying things we’ve learned from new Saudi execution numbers