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Editor’s Note: This column is the product of a research collaboration with five Amherst College students, Mattea Denny, Nicolas Graber-Mitchell, Greene Ko, Rose Mroczka, and Lauren Pelosi. America’s death penalty continues to fall out of favor, a well-known fact. When the year started, eight executions were scheduled for February and March in five different states. But all of them are now on hold, and two of the three executions that were set for April already have been halted. While advocacy for the end of the death penalty has played some role, it is the decomposition of the lethal injection paradigm that has truly driven down execution numbers. We have now seen a decade of chaos and experimentation as death penalty jurisdictions tried to find reliable sources of drugs to carry out executions. States rolled out new drugs, but things did not go smoothly. The number of mishaps associated with lethal injection increased substantially. From 2010-2020, an already problematic method of ex

Egypt executes 11 prisoners amid criticism

Executed prisoners were convicted in cases of murder, theft, shooting

Egyptian authorities carried out executions against 11 prisoners in a jail in the country's north amid huge international human rights criticism against the move.

The Egyptian daily Al-Watan said on Tuesday that "the Egyptian Prisoners Authority Monday executed 11 prisoners convicted in criminal cases.”

"The corpses were transferred to Alexandria’s Kom El Deka morgue, then they will be handed over to their families for burial,” it reported.

Quoting an unnamed security source, the daily said the executions took place following all levels of litigation, making the provisions "final and enforceable."

It also quoted the source as saying that “the executed were convicted in cases of murder, theft, and shooting.”

In recent years, Egypt has ignored international human rights criticism over the death penalty in the country.

Notably, Amnesty International issued a report on executions around the world last year and Egypt ranked third in the Arab world and fifth across the world among the countries with the most executions carried out in 2019, after China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, respectively.

Source: yenisafak.com, Staff, March 2, 2021


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