May 11, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday that would allow Israel's courts to impose restrictions the president's ability to pardon murderers. The stated purpose of the bill is to prevent diplomatic overtures and "prisoner swapping," which is the exchange of hostages ...[read more]
April 27, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Nepalese lawmakers passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight inmates currently serving lengthly prison terms for crack cocaine offenses, citing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA). The FSA reduced significant disparities in convictions of drug offenses related to crack cocaine and powder ...[read more]
August 29, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists who claimed ...[read more]
April 8, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree on Sunday pardoning Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister and a close ally of the imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Lutsenko was serving a four-year sentence on charges of abuse of office and embezzlement, while ...[read more]
April 7, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Italian president Giorgio Napolitano on Friday pardoned US Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano of his conviction related to the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Joseph Romano was security ...[read more]
March 24, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday praised Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon on Thursday and AI ...[read more]
August 4, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On August 4, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il pardoned US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee during a visit from former US president Bill Clinton. The journalists were arrested in March 2009 for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean defectors and were ...[read more]
July 18, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Tuesday urged the US not to execute two individuals with "psychosocial disabilities" who are set to be put to death in Georgia and Texas. Warren Hill was set to be executed Wednesday in Georgia, but after the Georgia State Board of ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday rejected a clemency bid by death row inmate Warren Hill who was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. The board gave no insight into its decision but acknowledged that Hill ...[read more]

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