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 65-Year-Old Prisoner Without Giving Him Any Warning

Iran execution
A death row inmate in Dizelabad Prison of Kermanshah was executed on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, while he was given just a few hours notice before he is hanged, and relatives are not notified until the prisoner is already dead.

Identified as Saleh Khanizadeh, 65, who spend 10 years on death row, was found guilty of murder. 

His family could not visit him before his execution as the prisoner was not told of his execution until hours before he is led to the gallows.

A source from inside the prison said, “He contacted his family even one day before the execution, but he had no information about the date of his execution. He was sent to the gallows without prior warning.”

Prison authorities delivered the corpse to the family after they received US$ 27 for the rope used for the execution.

Another prisoner was hanged on July 22, at Shirvan Prison, in Northern Khorasan Province.

The condemned, Salman Khodayari, was also found guilty of murder.

In yet another case, at least three prisoners were hanged on July 23, at Central Prison of Urmia, north west of the country.

Convicted of murder the victims are identified as Farough Daryaei, Mahmoud Hamzehzadeh and Kamal Soltani.

Farough Daryaei and Mahmoud Hamzehzadeh had currently been held at the youth ward.

Source: IHR Monitor, July 24, 2018

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