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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…

Iran executes three Kurds, 10 in one week: report

Public execution in Iran
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Iranian government has executed three men from Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat), Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported on Monday.

Hengaw, a Kurdish Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), identified the men who were hung in the Urmia Prison on Monday as Kamal Sultani from the city of Bukan, Faruq Dariyaii from Oshnavieh (Shno), and Mahmoud Hamzazada also from Shno.

“The three imprisoned men were handed capital punishment for murder.”

The NGO, relying on their statistics, said that in the past week alone, Iran executed 10 Kurds from the cities of Birjand, Urmia, and Kermanshah (Kermanshan).

The Iranian government hung the other six, also convicted of murder, on Friday. Among them was a 65-year-old man who was in prison for 10 years before his execution.

In recent years, Iran has proven to be one of the leading nations in carrying out the death penalty against its citizens. Of the 993 people executed globally in 2017, 507 of them were in Iran, according to Amnesty International.

According to the Iran Human Rights Monitor (IHRM), Iran has carried out 108 executions in 2018 as of July 10.

International pressure is currently mounting for Iran to halt the impending execution of Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi, accused of membership in an armed Kurdish opposition group.

And despite being a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which bans executing child offenders, Iran continues to sentence children to death.

From 2014 to 2017, Iran executed at least 25 people for crimes they committed while underage, according to Amnesty and Iran Human Rights.

Source: Kurdistan24.net, author, July, 2018


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