July 16, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]
November 29, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing concern for continuing human rights violations in Iran. The committee specifically mentioned that Iran is using torture, inhumane treatment of prisoners, public executions, executions of minors, hanging as an ...[read more]
November 21, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 21, 2011, the Supreme Court of Japan upheld a death sentence for Seilcho Endo, who was a member of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese cult. Endo was convicted for his role in two nerve gas attacks in 1994 and 1995, and was the thirteenth cult member sentenced for involvement in the attacks. The ...[read more]
October 18, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The UN Working Group on discrimination against women on Thursday urged governments around the world to repeal laws that criminalize adultery and give rise to severe penalties which include flogging, death by stoning and hanging. While the working group conceded that "adultery may constitute a ...[read more]
June 17, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 17, 2008, Japan executed three inmates by hanging in an effort to reduce violent crime, despite Japan's national bar association calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in order to enact safeguards to prevent wrongful executions. The international community has criticized Japan for ...[read more]
June 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Iraqi government has executed Abid Hamid Mahmud, a former bodyguard and secretary of Saddam Hussein, an official from the Iraqi Justice Ministry said Thursday. Mahmud was sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 alongside former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz and one ...[read more]
February 29, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On February 29, 2008, Iraq's Presidency Council upheld Ali Hassan al-Majid's sentence of death by hanging for participation in genocide and war crimes in 1988. The council had been debating what to do with al-Majid (also known as "Chemical Ali") for several months following his original sentence ...[read more]
December 19, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 19, 2009, the Iranian government brought murder charges against 12 prison officials in connection with the deaths of three protestorsfollowing mass protests to the results of the country's June 2009 presidential election. The Iranian government had previouslyacknowledgedthat detain... ...[read more]
January 25, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
Iran executed by hanging on Monday two protesters involved in the anti-government demonstrations that erupted after the 2009 presidential elections. The hangings are reported as the first executions involving activists that were arrested and detained after the disputed elections. The two men, ...[read more]

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