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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Myanmar: Death sought for child rapists

Madaya Township locals stage a protest against rapists.
More than a thousand residents of Madaya township in Mandalay joined a protest march on February 17 demanding the death penalty for child rape.

The protest followed the rape and murder of a 2-1/2-year-old child last week in Madaya in which a man has been charged.

The protesters, numbering some 1500, marched from Dingar Creek at the town entrance to Mogoke road and onto a public forum shouting slogans, demanding a mandatory death penalty for child rapists. At the same time they sought to bring attention to the rising incidence of rape in the country.  

“We are calling for more stringent penalties for criminals who rape children to prevent such cases from recurring. Our main objective is to eradicate child rape and punish offenders with the death penalty,” one protest leader, Daw Myint Myint Zaw, said.

The protesters signed a petition that they would submit to parliament.

“We as parents are shocked and frightened every time we hear such news, even if the victim is somebody else’s child. Children cannot protect themselves,’’ she said.

“The incidence of child rape is increasing across the nation. Starting with our town, we are going to collect signatures from parents elsewhere and submit it to the Pyithu Hluttaw.

‘‘We will do everything within our means to make sure Phyo Htet Aung is sentenced to death,” said Ko Than Lwin, another protester.

Phyo Htet Aung is charged with the rape and murder of the child in Madaya township on February 13.

“My daughter was killed brutally. I want justice. I don’t want other parents to suffer like us,” said U Hlaing Zin Myint, father of the victim.

Source: Myanmar Times, Kyaw Ko Ko, February 19, 2018


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