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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: Prisoner Hanged at Bandar Abbas Prison

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A prisoner was hanged at the southern city of Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, April 24, a prisoner was executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Mohammad Jafar Shirzad, 41 from Khorramabad, was sentenced to death on murder charges. 

A close source told Iran Human Rights, "Mohammad Jafar Shirzad committed murder at his workplace in February 2015, and he failed to win the consent of the plaintiffs."

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

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.

According to statistical department of Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 19 prisoners were executed in Iran last week. 

IHR had earlier warned against a new wave of executions in Iran following the nationwide uprising.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 26, 2018


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