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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

2 years on from mass execution, Saudi repression continues under new Crown Prince

Mohammed bin Salman
Two years since the Saudi authorities carried out a mass execution of 47 people, human rights organization Reprieve has warned of fresh repression in the Kingdom under the new Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

On 2nd January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in one day. 

Among them were several political protesters and juveniles. 

Research by Reprieve has shown that in 2017, several smaller mass executions were carried out in the Kingdom, with 141 people executed overall. 

Some 70% of the year's executions were carried out after Mohammed bin Salman took power in June.

Reprieve has raised concerns for 14 political protesters who face imminent execution, after their death sentences were upheld in July 2017. 

The 14 were convicted on the basis of 'confessions' extracted through torture. Among them is a disabled man, Munir al-Adam, and a juvenile, Mujtaba al-Sweikat. 

The new year will see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman being hosted in London by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said:

“Two years on from a mass execution that saw political protesters – including children – killed, the government of Saudi Arabia shows no interest in halting a brutal wave of repression. Hundreds of people have been executed in the last two years, and now several young protesters face imminent execution on Mohammed bin Salman’s watch. The international community – including Theresa May, who is soon to host the new Crown Prince – must hold him to his promises of ‘reform’ by demanding a halt to all executions immediately.” 

Source: Reprieve, January 2, 2018


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