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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: Two Prisoners Including an Afghan National Hanged

Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 10, 2019: Two prisoners were executed at Kashan prison for murder Monday.

According to Iran Newspaper, on the morning of December 9, two prisoners were executed on the morning of December 9, 2019, at Kashan prison. 

Both of them were reportedly sentenced to death for murder. The report says that one of them was a citizen of Afghanistan.

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.

Man Hanged at Yazd Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 7, 2019: A prisoner was hanged at the central prison of the central Iranian city of Yazd for murder charges Thursday.

According to Baluchi Activists Campaign, prisoner Abdossatar Dehmordeh was hanged at Yazd Prison on December 5, 2019. 

He was sentenced to death for murder four years ago.

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, December 7-11, 2019


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