November 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working ...[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]
September 17, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned human rights violations in Mali on Monday and called for international action to address the problems. Pillay stated that two militant Islamic groups, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Ansar Dine, are recruiting ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday sent a letter to Bulgarian Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva urging her to denounce calls to violence by anti-gay groups in anticipation of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 30. HRW noted that religious ...[read more]
June 1, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Sudanese government to reform its discriminatory laws and abolish both the death penalty and all corporal punishment after a young Sudanese woman was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who is believed to be under the ...[read more]
January 30, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 30, 2008, Iran's chief judge issued a ban against all public executions not specially permitted by the head of the judiciary. Ayatollah Mahmound Hashemi Shahroudi also banned the publication of pictures and videos of executions and ordered state prosecutors to enforce the bans. ...[read more]
August 4, 2010
by Daniel Richey
An officer for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday said that lawyer Mohammad Mostafei, who is defending a woman sentenced to death in Iran, is seeking asylum in Turkey after fleeing Iran following alleged harassment by Iranian officials. Mostafei is ...[read more]
August 8, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan and Hasan Mahmud: The Iranian government's decision to commute its earlier stoning sentence against four adults convicted of adultery is the right decision and a welcome move. It is also encouraging news that Iran has put a moratorium on such punishments, however, the natio... ...[read more]
August 6, 2008
by Devin Montgomery
Iran has commuted the sentences of four people scheduled to be executed by stoning and has suspended the use of the punishment, local media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, the head of the country's judiciary, had originally placed a moratorium on the punishment in 2002... ...[read more]
January 30, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Iran's chief judge issued a ban Wednesday against all public executions not specially permitted by the head of the judiciary. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi also banned the publication of pictures and videos of executions and ordered state prosecutors to enforce the bans. Commentators said... ...[read more]

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