DEATH PENALTY
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Egypt court sentences 11 to death over soccer riots
April 19, 2015
An Egyptian court has referred 11 men accused of being involved in deadly 2012 soccer riots to the most senior religious official, the final step before imposing a death sentence. The Grand Mufti is scheduled to give his final decision on May 30. The riots, which occurred in Port Said, killed more t....... [more]

Oklahoma passes nitrogen gas execution bill
April 18, 2015
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, nitrogen would be delivered via face mask, depriving....... [more]

Nebraska advances bill to repeal death penalty
April 17, 2015
Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Nebraska currently has 11 men sitting on death row but no way of executing them because its supply of sodium thiopental expired in D....... [more]

Bangladesh executes Islamist leader for war crimes
April 12, 2015
Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was convicted of committing torture, ab....... [more]

HRW concerned over Tunisia draft counterterrorism law
April 8, 2015
An analysis by Human Rights Watch (HRW) of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for peop....... [more]

Bangladesh appeals court upholds death sentence for convicted war criminal
April 6, 2015
A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution so....... [more]

Rights group urges retrial for 6 convicted before Egypt military tribunal
April 4, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday urged Egypt to halt the executions of six men convicted by a military tribunal for participating in attacks on security forces and killing two armed forces officers in a shootout in 2014. A total of nine men were accused and convicted of participating in the atta....... [more]

Delaware senate votes to repeal death penalty
April 3, 2015
The Delaware Senate voted 11-9 Thursday to repeal the death penalty. The legislation is being sponsored by Senator Karen Peterson and includes an exemption for the 15 inmates currently on Delaware's death row, who will face death by lethal injection. Delaware is one of 32 states that employ capital....... [more]

Amnesty: Sudan crackdown on media has chilling effect on political opposition
April 2, 2015
The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed s....... [more]

Amnesty: 'alarming rise' in death sentences in 2014
April 1, 2015
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital punishment....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on determining mental incapacity for capital punishment
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain the court will dec....... [more]




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