July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to ...[read more]
April 26, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklos Haraszti called Friday for Belarus, currently the only European nation that has retained the death penalty, to end the practice. The statement was issued following the reported execution of Pavel Sialiun who was put to death at an unknown date without ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Iraq Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday the execution by hanging of 11 Iraqi prisoners convicted of terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people. These executions come mere days after the country's execution of 26 Iraqi nationals, also for terrorist related offenses. Thursday's acts ...[read more]
January 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Iraq Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday the execution of 26 Iraqi nationals for terrorism related offenses. A statement from the Ministry website said the executions took place on Sunday. Human rights groups have long opposed the use of capital punishment in Iraq and the overarching ...[read more]
October 21, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashish Goel, an LL.M. candidate at King's College London, discusses a recent death penalty conviction and how to improve India's current system...The death penalty debate in India largely centers on the same old but rephrased arguments based on deterrence and reformation. ...[read more]
October 9, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Belarusian government on Wednesday to immediately cease executions of its citizens until legislation related to capital punishment and the court system can be reformed. According to Haraszti, ...[read more]
June 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without due process ...[read more]
May 2, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Thursday signed into law a bill to repeal the death penalty. The legislation, which makes Maryland the eighteenth US state to repeal the death penalty, was approved by the state legislature in March. Prior to the bill, Maryland's capital punishment laws were ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof Heyns on Monday urged the Indonesian government to restrict the use of capital punishment to comply with their international human rights obligations. On March 14, Malawian national Adami Wilson was executed by firing squad after being ...[read more]

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