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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

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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