Death penalty
Colombian ex-military officers admit role in killing 120 civilians and other stories

Today we look at a public hearing in Colombia’s False Positives scandal, acute food insecurity and drought in the Horn of Africa, and more

Execution postponed for wrongfully convicted Texas mother

Across the United States, public figures and everyday people came together in support of Melissa Lucio, sentenced to death without evidence

The politics of the death penalty in the US

Eugene Puryear talks about the death penalty in the US in light of Jewish groups suing the state of Arizona for planning to use Zyklon B in executions.

Egypt death sentences Egyptian court condemns 10 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for carrying out attacks against security forces

The death sentences were issued a day after the US government canceled military aid worth USD 130 million to Egypt over the declining human rights record

Thai court rules calls for reform as “attempts to overthrow the monarchy” and other stories

Today we look at a Thai court ruling declaring calls for reform “attempts to overthrow the monarchy”, a strike in Tunisia after the death of an anti-landfill protestor, and more

Saudi death penalty for minors Saudi youth on death row for almost 10 years released from prison

Ali al-Nimr, from the minority Shia community in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in 2012 during anti-government protests when he was 17 years old, and condemned to death in 2014 on charges that human rights groups called vague 

Egypt’s parliament passes law to dismiss government employees with alleged links to terrorist groups

Along with being fired, the employees in question will also be subject to asset freeze and a 60-day travel ban. The parliament also extended the country’s state of emergency, in place since 2017, for another three months starting July 24

MENA death penalty West Asian countries lead in global execution list, says Amnesty report

Four countries in the MENA region, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, carried out an overwhelming 88% of all known executions worldwide last year

Egypt political prisoners release Egyptian court orders release of over 600 political prisoners and detainees

A criminal court in Cairo ordered the release of detainees being held in remand under 19 different cases. As per claims by family members and lawyers, over 300 detainees were released on Tuesday, with more expected to be released in the coming days

‘Death penalty is not a deterrent to crime’

Activists from the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights organised a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to protest against capital punishment.

Saudi Execution In a crackdown on dissent, Saudi Arabia executes 37 people

At least three of those killed were minors at the time of sentencing. Saudi Arabia has executed 104 people this year.

[Video] Human rights groups condemns Brunei’s new penal code as barbaric

The new penal code imposes death penalty for gay sex, including by stoning.

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