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Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

20 Indonesians on Saudi Death Row, 5 Charged with Witchcraft

Indonesia flagThe Indonesian Foreign Ministry's civil protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, revealed that there are at least 20 Indonesians that face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for various allegations.

Reports state that 15 of them are accused of murder charges while the other 5 are charged with sorcery accusations under Saudi Arabia's witchcraft law.

"[The witchcraft law] does not exist in our Constitution, but suspects of this type of case have a chance to be pardoned by the King. We have accompanied the Indonesians accused of murder charges since the beginning and we have acquired all of their records," said Muhammad Iqbal on Wednesday, March 21.

Furthermore, Iqbal explained that 2 people that are charged with murder have entered their legal proceeding's critical phase. 

It involves 2 Indonesian citizens Tuty Tursilawati and Eti binti Toyib, both who were indicted in 2011 before the government's citizen protection was still weak which presented difficulties for the Indonesian government to provide assistance.

The House of Representatives (DPR) Indonesian workers (TKI) supervisory team leader Fahri Hamzah urges the government to establish a stronger national data system that can thoroughly protect Indonesian workers overseas.

Meanwhile, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said that the Indonesian government has conducted several diplomatic and non-diplomatic approaches towards the Saudi Arabian government in an attempt to free the Indonesians that are currently on death row.

Source: tempo.co, March 22, 2018


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