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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Iran: Five executed, including 2 Afghan nationals

Public execution in Iran
4 Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

4 prisoners, including 2 Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges.

According to a report by the human right news agency HRANA, the executions were carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report identifies one of the prisoners as Habib Khazayi. The names of the other three prisoners are not known at this time.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced these 4 executions. It is not clear whether these prisoners received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

"Young Man" Executed on Murder Charges


A young man was reportedly hanged at Jiroft Prison (Kerman province, southern Iran) on murder charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency Jaam-e Jam, the execution was carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report claims the young man was sentenced to death for the murder of his step parents. 

The prosecutor's office and the revolutionary court in Jiroft have identified the prisoner only by the initials "M.Sh."

Although Iranian official sources have described the prisoner as a young man, they have not released his exact age. It is not clear whether the prisoner received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2017

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