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…

Iran: Executions in Babol and Eslamabad-e-Gharb

Iran execution
Iran Human Rights (May 6, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Babol Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna news agency, on the morning of Saturday, May 5, a prisoner was hanged at Babol Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner, identified as A. F., 27, committed murder over a financial dispute in 2015.

According to the state-run news agency, Javan, quoting Younes Hosseini Alemi, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Mazandaran, “The defendant, A.F., son of Shidollah, who was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering J. A., was hanged at Babol Prison in the presence of the plaintiffs.”

Prisoner hanged at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges

According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Monday, April 30, a prisoner was executed at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges. The prisoner was identified as A’zam Khazaei.

A close source told Iran Human Rights, “A’zam Khazaei had shot and killed her wife. Her wife’s relatives encourage her to divorce A'zam and marry someone else because A’zam had been imprisoned twice before.”

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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 5, 2018

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