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California: With state executions on hold, death penalty foes rethink ballot strategy

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California advocates of abolishing the death penalty got a jolt of momentum in March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would not allow any executions to take place while he was in office.
But after trying twice this decade to persuade voters to end capital punishment, they have no plans to go to the ballot again in 2020. Rather than seeking to build on Newsom’s temporary reprieve for Death Row inmates, activists are taking their own pause.
Grappling with the legacy of their two failed initiatives, advocates are reassessing their strategy and retooling their message. Natasha Minsker, a political consultant who has long been involved with abolition efforts, said the governor’s moratorium has given advocates the opportunity to do long-term planning.
“There’s this excitement and energy in our movement that we haven’t had in a long time,” Minsker said.
Newsom’s executive order caught many Californians by surprise. Although he supported the unsuccessful ballot measures to abolish t…

Iran: Man Hanged at Shiraz Prison, Man Hanged at Borujerd Prison

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 10, 2019: A man was hanged at the central prison of Shiraz city last Monday.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Monday, November 4, prisoner Hossein Asgari was hanged at Shiraz Central Prison (also known as Adelabad prison). 

A human rights group, Nafad Dar Ghafas, has reported that Hossein Asgari was arrested three years ago and sentenced to death for murder. 

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

Man Hanged at Borujerd Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 9, 2019: A man was hanged at the central prison of Borujerd city last Thursday.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of November 5, prisoner Karam Sedghi was hanged at the central prison of Borujerd city, Lorestan province. 

“He killed a person by a firearm four years ago. It was an honour killing case,” a well-informed source told IHR.

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, November 9-10, 2019


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