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: Inmates Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jan 4 2018): On the morning of Thursday, two prisoners from Varamin were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The official media had earlier reported the execution of a juvenile offender at the same prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday January 4, a prisoner named Abolfazl Ghorbani was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was sentenced to death on the charge of murder and had been in prison for four years.

Abolfazl Ghorbani was transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners named Amir hossein Pourjafar and Mohammad Karimi from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday January 1.

Official media had reported the execution of Amir hossein Pourjafar, who was only 16 at the time of the murder. This child offender was sentenced to death on the charge of raping and murdering an Afghan child.

Mohammad Karimi who was sentenced to death, delayed his execution by asking for time from the plaintiffs. This was the second time he was scheduled to be executed. He will be executed if he can’t pay 180.000$ to the plaintiffs.

“Amir hossein Pourjafar begged Setayesh’s father for mercy until the very last moment, but her father Said nothing and pulled the stool himself,” said a close source to Iran Human Right (IHR).

It should be noted that all of these prisoners were from Varamin Prison. The execution of Abolfazl Ghorbani has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 5, 2018

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