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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: Two Prisoners Hanged In Public

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Iran Human Rights (Dec 13 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public in Khorasgan Square in Isfahan on the charge of murdering a police officer.

According to a report by the state-run Jam News, on the morning of Wednesday December 13, two prisoners were hanged in public in Khorasegan Square in Isfahan. 

The two prisoners were arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a police officer in Nain on April 9, 2016.

One of them, identified as Abdolmajid Hassanzehi, was transferred to solitary confinement of Isfahan Central Prison on Monday December 11.

The news was previously published by Iran Human Rights (IHR).

The report also mentioned that “police officers arrested five of the Death Dealers and found 527 kilograms of drugs.”


“Five people, trafficking 50 kilograms of opium, get into a fight with police officers in Nain and one of the officers, named Qazavi, gets killed. Abdolmajid was not armed but the other defendants claimed otherwise and that’s why he was sentenced to death,” said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

The other prisoner, who was executed, has not been identified yet.




Isfahan execution: Two inmates were publicly executed on December 13, 2017
in Isfahan Province, according to the state-run Rokna news agency.


According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty 33 people have been executed in public in front of large crowds including children in 2016. 

Public executions have been strongly criticized by Iranian human rights activists and sociologists.

Two inmates publicly executed


Two inmates were publicly executed today, December 13, 2017 in Isfahan Province, according to the state-run Rokna news agency.

They were convicted over killing a SSF agent in April 2016 during a clash in Esfahan’s Nain City.

In another developement on December 12, 2017, a prisoner identified as Ebrahim Rezaii was excuted in Central Prison of Tabriz, northwest of Iran.

He was also found guilty of murder.

According to statistics registered by Iran Human Rights Monitor, the Iranian authorities executed 520 people since the beginning of 2017.

115 of the executions during the 11 months were made public by the state media and 28 were carried out in public. 

4 of those executed were under the age of 18 at the time of arrest, 10 were women and 2 were political prisoners.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Iran Human Rights Monitor, December 14, 2017


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