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]
February 13, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged the Indonesian government to halt all executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses. Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, made this statement in response to ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by William Helbling
A German court on Tuesday threw out a case against a former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. German prosecutors claim that Cologne resident Werner C. was part of a firing squad that killed 25 men and aided in the ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution ...[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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