DEATH PENALTY
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Bangladesh court commutes Jamaat leader's life sentence
September 17, 2014
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of top Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Vice President Delwar Hossain Sayedee, sentencing him to life behind bars for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. Sayedee was convicted last year on counts of mu....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to place moratorium on executions
September 10, 2014
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the sp....... [more]

California AG to appeal death penalty ruling
August 22, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the Eighth....... [more]

Egypt court upholds death sentence for 12 Muslim Brotherhood members
August 7, 2014
The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences against 12 members of the Muslim Brotherhood convicted of murdering former Deputy Director of Giza Security Nabil Farrag. After the men were found guilty in June by Judge Moataz Khafagy, the rulings needed to be approved by the Grand Mufti....... [more]

Hall v. Florida: Over Relying on a Single Source to Set a National Standard
July 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme....... [more]

Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
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 different....... [more]

Egypt court sentences top Muslim Brotherhood official to life in prison
July 6, 2014
An Egpytian high court sentenced Mohamed Badie, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence and protests near the al-Istiqamah Mosque in the Giza. Presiding Judge Hassan Farid referred to Badie's actions as incitment "to achieve terrorist goals." Badie....... [more]

UN rights experts 'outraged' over Egypt mass death sentences
June 30, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts for the expressed their anger Monday after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 people. According to the UN, all of the defendants were alleged supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood. The experts noted th....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns juvenile execution in Iran
June 27, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was sentence....... [more]

China top court overturns controversial death sentence of abused wife
June 25, 2014
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence an....... [more]

Bangladesh court sentences 8 to death for 2001 bombing
June 24, 2014
A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced eight people to death and six others to life in prison for their roles in a bombing that took place at a New Year's celebration concert 13 years ago. Leader of banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), Mufti Abdul Hannan, and a younger brother of f....... [more]




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    Capital Punishment [Wikipedia]