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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…

Turkey: Main opposition party will not stand behind death penalty

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) parliamentary group leader on Monday said the party stands opposed to the death penalty amid ongoing speculation that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be introducing the punishment to Turkey’s parliament in the upcoming months, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Leader of the Great Unity Party (BBP) Mustafa Destici on Monday suggested a proposal to reinstate the death penalty for offences such as murder, treason and sexual offences against children would be brought to parliament in October. 

Destici hinted a referendum could be held on the death penalty, which Turkey abolished in 2004.

The matter will be discussed in detail in Turkish parliament, CHP's Özgür Özel said, should a 200-signature bill be presented in parliament, adding the CHP is opposed to death penalty in terms of legal norms and universal developments on human rights.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan last week vowed to sign off on the death penalty if parliament passed.

Source: ahvalnews.com, author, August, 2018


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