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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: Two Men Publicly Hanged In Mashhad; Prisoner hanged in Birjand

Two prisoners convicted of murder were publicly hanged today in Mashhad, capital of the northeastern Iranian province of Razavi Khorasan, the state-run ISNA news agency reported. 

Mashhad public execution Judge Hassan Heidari, Deputy Prosecutor General of the province, announced the news as cited by the state media. 

He said the State Security forces quickly arrested the killers and the Judiciary was quick in carrying out the proceedings.

The victims, who were not identified by name, were a 41-year-old fruit seller and a 27-year-old man.

Source: Iran HRM, author, July, 2018


Prisoner Hanged in Birjand


Iran Human Rights (Jul 19, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 17, a prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison.

Birjand is the capital of the Iranian province of South Khorasan. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from ward 103 of Birjand Central Prison. 

He was identified as Baratali Shirdelan from North Khorasan.

A close source told IHR, “Baratali had been in prison for six years on the charge of murdering his wife.”

The execution on 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. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 21, 2018


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