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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: Execution of 8 Prisoners During the Uprising in Order to Intensify the Atmosphere of Intimidation

Public execution in Salmas, Iran, on January 11, 2018
Simultaneous with the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people and in order to intimidate the people, the mullahs' regime's executioners executed 8 young prisoners in various cities in the period of January 1 to January 11.

On Thursday, January 11, 2 prisoners were executed publicly in Salmas and Qazvin. 

The prisoner executed in Salmas suffered from mental illness. 

The young man executed in Qazvin Prison was on death row for 8 years.

On January 8, 2 prisoners were executed in Sari and on January 4; 2 other prisoners were executed in Gohardasht, Karaj. Amir Hossein Pour Jafar, 1 of the executed, was 16 years old at the time of committing alleged crime. 

On January 2, a prisoner was executed in Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah, and the day before, a 22-year-old youth was executed in Mashhad Central Prison.

These executions are taking place while 8,000 young people are arrested during the first 2 weeks of the uprising of the Iranian people and are in grave conditions. 

The response of the Iranian people, especially the brave Iranian youth, to this brutality is the continuation of the uprising until the eradication of the corrupt and oppressive regime of the mullahs. 

The Iranian Resistance urges all international human rights organizations to adopt immediate and effective steps to counter the systematic and brutal violations of human rights in Iran.

Source: NCRI, January 13, 2018


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