Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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 5 Young Prisoners and Hand Amputation

Judicial amputation in Iran (file photo)
During the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people against the detested rule of Velayat-e faqih, the regime's judiciary executed 5 young prisoners from January 15 to 17. 

On January 17, a brutal sentence to amputate a young man's hand for stealing several sheeps was carried out in Mashhad Prison. 

2 prisoners of 30 and 33 years old were hanged on January 17, 2018 in the Karaj Central Prison. 

The day before, 2 other young people who 19 and 20 at the time of their arrest were executed in Mashhad. 

On Monday, January 15, a 27-year-old prisoner was hanged in Babol prison. 

Meanwhile, Abolfazl Chezani, who was arrested at age 15, is now on the verge of execution in Qom prison after serving 4 years of imprisonment. 

The purpose of these executions is to exacerbate the atmosphere of intimidation of young people who have suffered from oppression, poverty and unemployment, and who in recent weeks have shaken the pillars of the clerical regime with their uprising. 

The response of the people, especially the youth of Iran, to this brutality is the continuation of the uprising until the overthrow of the corrupt and oppressive clerical regime. 

The Iranian Resistance calls on all the international human rights organizations and bodies to take urgent and effective measure to combat arbitrary executions and brutal sentences. 

2 Prisoners Executed In Central Iran 

2 prisoners, each charged with rape, were hanged at Karaj Central Prison. 

According to Iran Newspaper, on the morning of Wednesday, January 17, 2 prisoners were executed at Karaj Central Prison. The prisoners were sentenced to death on the charge of rape. 

The prisoners were identified as Sina, 30, and a 33-year-old man. 

Karaj Central Prison, also called Karaj Central Penetiary, is close to Ghezelhesar Prison. The prisoners from Alborz Province are kept in Karaj Central Prison. 

Source: NCRI, Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2018

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