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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…

Prisons across Pakistan house 8,000 inmates on death row

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LAHORE: Pakistan has the largest death row population in the world as the number has swelled up to 8,000, a local media outlet reported on Sunday.

Many of those on death rows have been in jails for decades and over the past five-years, no clear policy over the matter has been adopted by the federal government.

Between 6000-8000 inmates on death row across the country were convicted in murder cases and continue to wait execution with their appeals for clemency rejected.

A total of 332 criminals were executed in 2015 after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in reaction to the Army Public School attack in December, 2014.

In 2016, at least 67 victims were hanged while at least 44 were sent to death in 2017. 

Most of those were convicted on terrorism charges and cases involving murders.

Poor sanitary conditions and a lack of hygiene causes dozens of deaths in prisons across the country every year.

Source: Pakistan Today, May 28, 2018


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