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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: 18 Executed Including Two Women and One in Public

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
18 Executions Including 2 Women and 1 in Public and Mass Arrests

The Iranian regime hanged 18 prisoners over the past 3 days in various cities. 

On March 6, 2 young prisoners in the prison of Sari, 2 other prisoners, including a 70-year-old man in Orumiyeh Central Prison and 2 others in the prison of Garmsar were hanged.

The day before, a prisoner was hanged in public in Buin Zahra (Qazvin province) and 3 in Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj. 

On March 4, 8 prisoners were hanged in Rasht, Orumiyeh, Shahroud and Hamedan prisons. 

2 of the 4 prisoners executed in Rasht were women.

At the same time arbitrary arrests under false pretexts have broadened across the country. 

An all-women's party was raided and its organizers arrested, 34 young men and women were arrested in Ahwaz, 14 people were arrested in Sepidan (Fars Province), and 13 people were arrested in Bandar Anzali (northern Iran) were among the arrests made in recent days.

The goal of the wave of executions and arbitrary arrests is to intensify the atmosphere of fear and to prevent the spread of social protests, whose increasing trend has frightened the mullahs' regime.

Source: NCRI, March 7, 2017

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