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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…

Iran: Man Hanged in Kerman Prison

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Iran Human Rights (April 12, 2018): A prisoner who was allegedly sentenced to death on murder charges was executed at Kerman Central Prison.

According to Baluch Activists Campaign, on the morning of Tuesday, April 10, a prisoner was executed at Kerman Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Omid Damani, 33, was charged with murder.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “Omid Damani was most probably executed on murder charges, and he was also charged with sedition. However, the exact charges are not indicated yet.”

The prisoner was buried in Iranshahr on April 12.

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 13, 2018


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