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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: Nature Conservationist Guard Hanged; Man Hanged for Drug Charges

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 1, 2019: A nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed in Kerman city on Thursday for the charge of killing a hunter. 

According to the Iranian state-run news agency ISNA, on the morning of Thursday, November 28, a nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed for shooting an illegal hunter to death ten years ago.

His identity is not revealed. However, a police official said, “the guard had killed a hunter outside of his area of responsibility on his off-day.”

The guard was held in prison for ten years before the execution. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind).

According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. 

In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money). 

In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.

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 for Drug Charges


Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 1, 2019: A man was hanged in Birjand prison for drug charges last week.

According to Baluchi Activists Campaign, on the morning of Sunday, November 24, prisoner Mohammad Dabir was executed at Birjand prison. 

Mohammad Dabir, son of Aghanour, was held in prison for one and a half year before the execution. 

His execution has not yet been announced by the Iranian authorities or media so far. 

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, nine were sentenced to death for drug-related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, December 1, 2019


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