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…

Bangladesh to oppose gay rights and abolishment of death penalty at UN

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Bangladesh will take a strong stance against gay rights and the abolishment of the death penalty at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.

Last February, Bangladesh presented its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the UN Human Rights Council. The review highlighted the country's human rights achievements and challenges from 2013-2017. The hearing of the UPR will be held on May 14.

The team representing Bangladesh will be led by Law Minister Anisul Huq. During the review Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Ukraine will be present as rapporteurs.

Regarding the matter, an official said: "Bangladesh does not believe in following popular doctrine. We sheltered the Rohingyas purely on human rights basis. This is a big challenge. Our human rights record is excellent.

"There are allegations against our country regarding human rights. We are ready to answer their questions.

"It is true that we have limitations. Every country has its limitations; the other countries want to know if we are trying to overcome it to the best of our ability."

Bangladesh first submitted a UPR in 2009. The latest UPR was submitted in 2013.

At the hearing of the 2013 UPR, several nations made 196 suggestions to Bangladesh and the country accepted 191 of them. The remaining 5 were regarding gay rights and the abolishment of the death penalty; Bangladesh did not take those suggestions.

The official also said: "37 countries of the world do not support gay rights and Bangladesh is one of them. Our society is not ready for this yet."

According to the latest report, between the years 2013-2017, several lower courts gave the execution orders to 1,119 criminals. However, the High Court stayed the execution of 130 people. Only 17 people were hanged in those 5 years.

At the hearing, the government of Bangladesh will have to answer to questions about issues such as women's rights, freedom of speech, police brutality, and extrajudicial killings.

Source: Dhaka Tribune, May 10, 2018

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