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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…

Mongolia wants to reintroduce capital punishment for child rapists

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President of Mongolia Khaltmaa Battulga intends to initiate draft amendments to the Criminal Code of Mongolia reinstating the capital punishment, Montsame state news agency reported.

The President seeks to introduce death sentence for crimes against children and submit the bill to the Parliament during its spring session, which convenes this week.

"298 cases of child sexual abuse were registered last year alone. The victims' age is between 2-7. Appalling child molestation cases have shocked the society, which is now demanding more action from the Government," G.Uyanga, Civil Society and Human Rights Advisor to the President, said at a press conference.

Last November, President Battulga sent an official letter to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs proposing to reinstate capital punishment. According to the Advisor, the Ministry hasn't formally responded to the letter. "However, it was reported last week that a conclusion had been made by a working group in charge, led by Deputy Minister of Justice and Home Affairs B.Enkhbayar, that it wasn't possible to restore capital punishment," she said.

Mongolia put moratorium on capital punishment in 2012. The Parliament of Mongolia adopted a revision to the Criminal Code in 2015, which came to effect on July 1, 2017. Capital punishment was formally removed in the revised Criminal Code.

The Law of Mongolia on Legislation states that the public can add their suggestions to a draft bill for the time period of one month. "The public survey begins today. I am sure many people will take active part in the process," said G.Uyanga.

R.Bulgamaa, Non-staff Advisor of Legal Policy to the President, emphasized that the President's proposal doesn't imply full restoration of capital punishment in Mongolia, and that only child abusers would be subject to death penalty. Before 2010, death penalty was given for 6 offenses in Mongolia.

Advisor G.Uyanga reminded of a fact that Mongolia abolished death penalty in 1953, but had to restore it after 10 months in response to increased incidence of crimes.

Thousands of Mongolians protested in front of parliament in Ulaanbaatar on Saturday to demand more action to prevent child abuse, after the widely-reported rape of a male infant shocked the country, Reuters reported.

After the reported rape earlier this month in Dornogobi province in Mongolia's southeast, a group of concerned mothers created a Facebook group announcing the Saturday protest last week, and it quickly reached more than 400,000 members.

Source:  AKI Press, April 1, 2018


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