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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…

International Calls to Stop Inhumane Underage Executions by Iran Regime

Public execution of an 18-year-old boy in Ghaemshahr, Iran, in September 2013
Public execution of an 18-year-old boy in Ghaemshahr, Iran, in September 2013
NCRI - According to state-run IRNA news agency, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Iranian regime’s Tehran Prosecutor General, announced Wednesday February 8 that based on regime’s Islamic Penal Code, the Prosecutor Office has submitted requests to the courts to cancel retaliation sentences for ten under-18 convicts, of which six requests have been accepted.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly expressed concerns over executing convicts who were under-18 at the time of their offense, saying that a lot of such convicts in Iran are awaiting execution.

Amnesty International had previously announced that between 2005 and 2015, at least 73 convicts who were under-18 at the time of the offense have been executed in Iran. There are at least another160 such convicts who are awaiting execution, according to a report by the UN.

The UN has also recently reported that Hamid Ahmadi, sentenced to death for committing murder at 17, has been taken to solitary confinement in Rasht’s Lakan Prison, due to be hanged on February 11.

Jafari Dolatabadi also announced on Wednesday that according to Article 302 of regime’s Islamic Penal Code, Tehran Prosecutor Office has requested that17 retaliation cases be revised, which has led to three retaliation sentences being cancelled.

The UN Human Rights Committee as well as other human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized Iran’s high execution rate. Applying death penalty for drug trafficker has been announced as one the reasons for Iran’s high execution rate.

Iranian regime’s Attorney General ‘Mohammad Jafar Montazeri’ has recently emphasized that the death penalty is not going to be removed from the regime’s drug penal code.

Earlier, Mohammad Bagher Olfat, regime’s Deputy Head of the Judiciary on Crime Prevention, had announced that execution of drug traffickers in Iran has not been ‘deterrent’.

Source: NCRI, February 11, 2017

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