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 hangs 5 prisoners collectively in Kermanshah Prison

Public execution in Iran
At least 5 prisoners were hanged on July [16 or 17] at Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah, west of Iran. One of the victims is identified as Alireza Ashuri, 57. 

All the 5 were found guilty of murder.

In yet another case on the morning of July 17, a prisoner was hanged in the Birjand Prison in South Khorasan Province.

He was sentenced to death on murder charges, identified as Baratali Shirdelan.

In another development on the morning of July 16, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Prison, northeast of Iran. 

He was identified as Gholamali, 41, convicted of being involved in a fight during a wedding he attended in 2009 that resulted in the death of a man. 

Gholamali arrested in 2014 and sentenced to death on murder charges, the state-run Khorasan Daily reported on July 18, 2018.

The head of the Kerman Revolutionary Court was quoted on July 13, 2018, in the state-run Fars news agency report as announcing the execution of Yahya Ahmad Yousefi in Kerman Prison. 

His sentence carried out after the confirmation by the Supreme Court. 

The prisoner accused of "corruption on earth" tried in a Revolutionary Court in Kerman, Ahmad Ghorbani said. He was charged with murder and kidnapping.

On the morning of July 12, 1 prisoner charged with murder executed in Khoy Prison. 

Identified as Babak Bolughi 24, from Khoy, the convict was arrested 3 years ago. Khoy is a city and capital of Khoy County, West Azerbaijan Province in Iran.

According to Amnesty International's report, among all the recorded executions worldwide in 2017, more than 51 % were carried out in Iran.

Although 2nd, behind China in terms of executions, Iran "carried out 84 % of the global total number of executions."

The number of executions in Iran last year was 507, "accounting for 60 % of all confirmed executions in the region." Of the 507 people executed, "501 were men and 6 were women.

At least 5 juvenile offenders were executed, and 31 executions were carried out publicly."

Source: Iran Human Rights Monitor, July 22, 2018

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