DEATH PENALTY
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Pakistan PM lifts death penalty moratorium following deadly attack
December 17, 2014
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The reinstatem....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Texas not to execute mentally ill man
December 2, 2014
UN human rights experts on arbitrary executions and torture on Tuesday urged the state of Texas and the US government to prevent the execution of Scott Panetti, who was sentenced to death for killing his parents-in-law in 1992. The experts contend that Panetti, who is scheduled to be executed on Wed....... [more]

China high court to investigate ways to reduce death penalty crimes
November 24, 2014
China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told a group of academics Saturday that the government must reduce....... [more]

South Korea court jails captain of capsized ferry for 36 years
November 11, 2014
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island of....... [more]

UN torture investigation blocked by Gambia government
November 8, 2014
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to identify....... [more]

Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Islamist politician
November 3, 2014
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Islamist politician Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh convicted Kamaruzzaman last year for committing war crimes including mass murder during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He is assistant....... [more]

Supreme Court halts Missouri execution for ineffective assistance of counsel
October 29, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the execution of Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children, pending the determination of whether the 35-year-old received effective legal counsel. Christeson's attorneys, along with 15 former judges, on Monday asked the S....... [more]

Attorneys and former judges ask Supreme Court to stay Missouri execution
October 28, 2014
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to be....... [more]

Bangladesh war crimes convict dies in prison
October 24, 2014
A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, who was imprisoned for war crimes last year, died on Thursday of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital. Ghulam Azam was 91 when his life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University. Azam was sentenced last year....... [more]

Libya militant pleads not guilty to charges related to Benghazi attack
October 21, 2014
Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Monday pleaded not guilty to 17 charges related to the September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, including some charges that warrant the death penalty. Prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo suggested that the government may file additional charges....... [more]

UN urges Iraq to place moratorium on death penalty
October 20, 2014
UN officials called on the government of Iraq Sunday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in response to a significant rise in executions since the country restored capital punishment in 2005. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR....... [more]




WEBSITES

    DP Information Center

    Death Penalty Info [Michigan State]

    Death Penalty [Amnesty Int.]

    NCADP

    Pro-Death Penalty.com

    Capital Punishment [Wikipedia]