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: Two Brothers Hanged in Public over Armed Robbery Charges

Public execution of two brothers, Dogonbadan, Iran, 15 March 2017
Iran Human Rights (March 15, 2018): Two prisoners were hanged in public on the charge of armed robbery today. 

According to IRIB, on the morning of Thursday, March 15, two prisoners were hanged in public in Dogonbadan (the capital of Gachsaran County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province). 

The two prisoners were brothers, and they were sentenced to death on the charge of armed robbery from a jewellery store and murdering two of the shopkeepers. 

The robbery took place in September 2017, and the prisoners were arrested on December 6. 

Their execution was carried out in less than 100 days. Issuing death sentence in such a short time may result in the defendants’ right to a fair trial being denied. 

The Chief Justice of Gachsaran County, Reza Mishan, said, “On February 4, 2018, the death sentence for the thieves was issued by the Revolutionary Court in Gachsaran, and it was approved by the Supreme Court on March 11.”

“The sole purpose of public execution is creating fear among people,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of IHR, “We call on the international community to immediately stop this terrifying show.”

It should be noted that the report does not mention for which crime the two prisoners had been sentenced to death.

According to the annual report on the death penalty which has been published by IHR recently, 31 public executions have been carried out in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 15, 2018

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