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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

'Wonderful Indonesia' campaign boosts tourism industry

'Wonderful Indonesia' campaign boosts tourism industry. Executions are
carefully left out of the picture, except on this DPN-edited campaign poster.
The government’s efforts to promote tourism in the archipelago with its Wonderful Indonesia campaign have had a positive impact, the president director of tour and travel company Panorama Sentrawisata said on Tuesday.

Budi Tirtawisata said that in the first six months of this year, his company booked a 19 percent increase in gross revenue to Rp 2.38 trillion, from Rp 1.99 trillion in the same period last year, as more foreigners were drawn to Indonesia.

“The government’s free visa policy is also contributing to growth in the tourism sector,” Budi told reporters at a press conference in Jakarta.

Budi was upbeat the company’s business volume would increase, and possibly double, in the second half of 2016, compared to the first half, because more tourism activities were expected to take place in the period.

“The peak season for tourist visits to Indonesia is during the summer, which occurs in the second half of the year,” Budi said, adding that more tourists would also visit the country during the Christmas holidays in December.

Source: Jakarta Post, August 3, 2016

Indonesia considers law banning gay sex

International Day Against Homophobia, Jakarta, 2015
International Day Against Homophobia, Jakarta, 2015
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court will consider a law to make gay sex a crime.

Family Love Alliance, a group of far-right wing Islamic activists, wants the courts to introduce a ban on consensual sex between adults. Prison sentences are suggested to go up to 15 years.

Rita Hendrawaty, chairwoman of the group, said on Wednesday it was not trying to criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

‘The real reason is so that we have much clearer norms,’ she said, according to AP.

‘We are not intending to criminalize those who have deviant sexual orientation. That is not the point. They can be free to live but do not show what is their lifestyle.’

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but sharia law is carried out in the city of Aceh.

The group is an offshoot of Nahdlatul Uluma who in February issued a statement it would not recognize the existence of LGBTI groups and their activities and homosexuality is ‘incompatible with human nature’.

Earlier this year, Indonesia’s leading psychiatric body classified homosexuality and transgender as ‘mental disorders’ that can be ‘cured’.

The defense minister has declared the LGBTI movement as ‘more dangerous than nuclear warfare’ while the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has banned ‘gay propaganda’ and ‘effeminate males’ on TV.

Source: Gay Star News, Joe Morgan, August 4, 2016

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