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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…

Three Men Executed in Northern Iran

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 17, 2019: Three prisoners were executed on Sunday and Tuesday at the central prison of the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Gilan province.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, November 10, two prisoners were hanged at Rasht prison. 

Another prisoner was also executed on Tuesday, November 12. 

All were sentenced to death for murder. 

IHR could confirm the identity of two as Hossein Arasteh, from the city of Khomam, and Rashed Afrouz. 

The third person was a former school principal who was accused of murdering his wife.

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: iranhr.net, Staff, November 17, 2019


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