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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…

Eight Prisoners Including Two Afghans Executed in Iran

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Iran Human Rights (Apr 19, 2018): Eight prisoners most of whom were charged with murder were secretly executed at Rajai Shahr Prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, April 18, eight prisoners most of whom were charged with murder were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison.

One of the prisoners were identified as Akbar Eftekhari from ward 6, who had been in prison for 14 years on murder charges. 

Five other prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement from different wards of the same prison.

The two other prisoners were Afghans transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison from Ghezel Hesar Prison in order to be executed.

An informed source told IHR, “Unusually strict security measures were taken for these executions to keep them secret.”

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 21, 2018


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