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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…

Man Executed In Eastern Iran; Four hanged over 'Moharebeh' charges

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Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): A 30-year-old prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna News Agency, on the morning of Sunday December 31, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison. 

The prisoner was identified as Ali H., 30.

He was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his own father in Jimabad Valley in 2014.

The family members of the prisoner were present as the plaintiffs at the time of his execution.

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 a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


Execution of Four Prisoners Charged with Moharebeh


Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): The official media finally confirmed the execution of four prisoners who were charged with Moharebeh for robbery after two weeks.

According to Rokna News Agency, four prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on the charge of Moharebeh. 

The report doesn’t mention the time of the execution.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had earlier reported the execution of these prisoners on Wednesday December 20. 

At least 8 more prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on the same day. 

One of the prisoners who had returned to his cell by asking for time had told us that, “The four prisoners were not among the other death-row prisoners, who were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison, and were transferred to an unknown place one hour earlier.”

Three of the prisoners were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


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