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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…

Mass protests against planned execution of activists continue in Bahrain

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Mass protests by citizens of Bahrain continue to grow, as people take to the streets to protest against the regime of the Khalifa dynasty.

Local sources report heavy crackdowns on demonstrations all over the country, adding that people chanted slogans which called for an end to the Khalifa family's rule over the country. 

Bahraini troops used teargas to suppress a demonstration by women in the village of Diraz on Monday.

Demonstrations have been growing steadily since 6 civilians were sentenced to the death penalty on Monday. 

The verdict had been handed down by a military court, after a decree by Bahraini absolute monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ruled that civilian protesters should henceforth be tried under military law.

Bahrain's top military court sentenced the 6 individuals to death on Monday after convicting them over charges including plotting to assassinate the chief of the armed forces of the Gulf state, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa. 

The court also sentenced seven other people to 7-year jail terms and deprived them of their citizenship, while 5 men were acquitted.

Prior to Monday's trial, there had never once been any official mention of any sort of plot against the life of the Field Marshall, and the Bahrain News Agency refused to give any further details of when or where the plan was alleged to have taken place.

Source: almasdarnews.com, December 31, 2017


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