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Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

UN urges death penalty moratorium in Somalia
April 6, 2014
The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after he allegedly murdered....... [more]

Federal judge allows challenge to death penalty secrecy to continue
April 5, 2014
On Thursday a federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ordered that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may continue, despite the state's objection. The lawsuit is challenging a bill intended to protect the identities of individuals who pr....... [more]

China considering limiting use of death penalty
March 9, 2014
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 curren....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences 6 for murder of journalist
March 2, 2014
The Pakistani High Court of Sindh Karachi sentenced six men on Saturday for the 2011 murder of prominent TV journalist Wali Khan Babar. The landmark ruling makes the first time in Pakistan's history that individuals have been tried and sentenced for the murder of a journalist. The two men receiving....... [more]

Egypt court convicts members of alleged terrorist group
February 27, 2014
Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court convicted 26 people on Wednesday charged with forming a terrorist group with the intent to attack the Suez Canal. The group was charged with planning attacks on ships in the Suez Canal as well as security buildings, foreign tourists, Christians and police. Most of the....... [more]

UN rights experts alarmed at spike in executions in Iran
February 23, 2014
A group of UN independent experts on Saturday called on the government of Iran to halt the startling increase in the number of hangings since the start of 2014. According to the UN Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights (OFCHR), at least 40 persons were hanged in the beginning of January 2014....... [more]

Military trial delayed so Guantanamo prisoner may fire his attorney
February 17, 2014
Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. T....... [more]

Washington governor announces moratorium on death penalty
February 12, 2014
Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a moratorium on executions in the state. Under Washington law the governor has the power to commute death sentences. In his remarks Inslee criticized the death penalty, stating the "system that falls short of equal justice under the law and makes i....... [more]

Iraq executes eleven prisoners convicted of terrorist activity
January 24, 2014
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 bring....... [more]


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