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The Nevada Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would abolish the death penalty and retroactively convert all current capital sentences to life without parole. Although several similar bills have been floated before, most recently in 2017, they have never made it out of committee. Nevada has 70 people on death row but has not [...]

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The recent review of the U.S. human rights record at the United Nations through the Universal Periodic Review process yielded 347 recommendations for improvement, 80% of which the U.S. accepted. Among them were several urging the U.S. to rescind a Trump-era executive order targeting the International Criminal Court (ICC) and those who support it. Just [...]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill abolishing the death penalty Wednesday. Under Senate Bill 1165 and House Bill 2263, any person with a death sentence for an offense committed before July 1, 2021, will be sentenced to life imprisonment instead, and “no person may be sentenced to death or put to death” under the [...]

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the implementation of personal sanctions on former president Viktor Yanukovych and 26 others on Friday. The sanctions will bar the 27 individuals from accessing assets and property within Ukraine and withdrawing money from Ukrainian bank accounts, among other penalties. Zelenskyy also called on Europe and the UK to impose sanctions. [...]

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Portugal’s Constitutional Court ruled Monday that legislation that would permit physician assisted death is unconstitutional. The bill limited physician-assisted dying to terminally ill patients in severe pain, who are judged to be mentally healthy enough to understand what they were asking. In addition to legalizing physician-assisted dying, the bill removed criminal penalties physicians would have [...]

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The Pakistani Taliban on Friday accused International Women’s Day organizers of blasphemy and obscenity, threatening them with vigilante action in response to the proliferation of doctored images and video clips suggesting that participants in the demonstrations had insulted Islam. International Women’s Day is annually celebrated on March 8. In Pakistan, women’s right advocates organized demonstrations [...]

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The South Carolina Senate voted 32-11 in favor of expanding permissible ways of executing death row inmates. The bill, which was introduced to the Senate last year, would allow firing squads and the electric chair to be used for executions. The bill was first introduced last December in response to an expiring lethal injection stockpile. [...]

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