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: Four executed on murder, rape charges

Public execution, Iran
Three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison (Hormozgan province) on the charge of rape.

According to a report by Azad News Agency (ANA), on the morning of Wednesday, August 8, three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison. 

The prisoners, whose identities have not been mentioned in the report, were sentenced to death on the charge of rape in 2016.

According to confirmed reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 36 people were executed in different Iranian cities in the month of July, 24 of whom were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Prisoner hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, August 7, a prisoner was hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was arrested in July 2014.

The prisoner was identified as Amir Ali Kalivand, 46, from Lorestan. He was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison from Hajiabad (a city in Hormozgan province) Prison.

A close source told IHR about his case, “Amir Ali Kalivand was also charged with five kilograms of methamphetamine but he was executed on the charge of murdering a minibus driver.”

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 8, 2018

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