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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…

Northwestern Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Two prisoners were hanged on drug charges and another two on murder charges at Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (JAN 24 2017): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Monday January 23. 

According to close sources, the prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges. 

Close sources have identified these prisoners as Osman Ghavitasi and Hamed Hamdollah.

The human rights news agencies HRANA and the Kurdistan Human Rights Network have reported on the execution of two prisoners at Urmia's central prison on Saturday January 21. 

According to these reports, the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges, and one of the men had disabilities and was unable to move without a wheelchair. 

The two prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Friday January 20 in preparation for their executions. Information about them:

Ghabl Ali Bapeir
Sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking 300 grams of heroin.
Was detained in the prison's clinic due to his disabilities and illnesses.

Sina Hosseinpour
22 years old
Was detained in the juvenile offenders ward
Sentenced to death for possession and trafficking drugs.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 24, 2017

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