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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…

Execution of Juvenile Offender Postponed in Iran

Iran executes juvenile offenders
Iran Human Rights (Jan 17, 2018): The execution of Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi, a juvenile-offender who was in a death-row to be executed this morning at Qom Central Prison, was delayed for unknown reasons. 

A day before, the IHR and other international organizations called for immediate action of the international community. 

According to a close source, authorities had informed Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi’s family that his execution was scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, January 17. 

However, the execution of this juvenile-offender was delayed today for unknown reasons and he still stays in danger of execution.

Abolfazl is sentenced to death on the charge of murder during a street fight. 

He was born on January 16, 1999, and he was only 15 at the time of committing the crime on December 26, 2013.

His public defender asked for a checkup by the forensics on July 20, 2014, and the forensics report states: “The 15-year-old defendant who committed murder last winter, is mentally mature and aware of his action (murder).”

The juvenile offender is now 19 and is held at Qom Central Prison (Langaroud). 

Abolfazl could not afford a lawyer; Therefore, Iran Human Rights (IHR) asks Human Rights lawyers who have had similar cases before, to handle his case on the humanitarian basis. 

According to the Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, five juveniles have been executed in 2017. The international laws ban the execution of juveniles.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 17, 2018


Prisoner Executed in Northern Iran


A prisoner was executed at Babol Prison on murder charges.

According to a report by HRANA, on the morning of Monday, January 15, a prisoner was executed at Babol prison. The 27-year-old prisoner, identified as Y. S., was sentenced to death on murder charges.

The prisoner had murdered his wife 3 years ago.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of any classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for all types of the murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 16, 2018


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