April 30, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of 15 officials this year, the South Korean National Intelligence Service told a closed parliamentary meeting on Wednesday. These officials were allegedly executed by firing squad for spying. Four members of the Unhaso Orchestra are ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indonesian Constitutional Court has agreed to hear a last minute appeal by two condemned drug smugglers known as the "Bali Nine Pair". The pair's legal representative said Monday that the court has agreed to hear the appeal. The pair had been due to face death by firing squad Wednesday after ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Indonesia notified nine convicted of drug traffickers--four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia--that their executions will be carried out within 72 hours. The executions will be carried out by firing squad in Besi prison on ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
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, ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Utah State Legislature gave final approval to a bill Tuesday that will allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The goal of House Bill 11 is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by William Helbling
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was ...[read more]
August 1, 2013
by G. Redd
Ahmed Ibrahim, former minister of education and information for Libya, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for inciting citizens in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and place of death, Sirte, to oppose the rebellion. He is the first member of Gaddafi's ministry to receive a death sentence, which is to ...[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]
March 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned the executions of seven people in Saudi Arabia as a violation of international safeguards on the use of the death penalty. The men were executed by firing squad after convictions for theft, looting and armed robbery. The seven ...[read more]

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