The number of known executions worldwide went up by more than 50 percent last year to at least 1,634, the highest figure recorded since 1989, Amnesty International said Wednesday. People take part in a demonstration denouncing Iran's use of the death penalty, in Paris, organised to coincide with the official visit to France by the Iranian President, on January 28, 2016 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) The surge was largely fuelled by Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the London-based human rights organisation said in its annual report on death sentences and executions worldwide. The 1,634 figure does not include China, which is thought to have killed thousands of its own citizens. Death penalty data is "treated as a state secret" by Beijing, Amnesty said, as it is by Vietnam and Belarus. Recorded executions were up by 54 percent on 2014's figure of 1,061. Some 89 percent of those executions were carried out by Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia alone. "The rise in executions last … [Read more...] about Worldwide executions highest since 1989: Amnesty
Death penalty worldwide
VietNamNet Bridge – On June 12, the fifth world conference against the death penalty opened in Madrid, Spain. The event, held by Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM,) with the support of Spain, Norway, Switzerland and France, attracts 1,500 delegates from 90 countries. ECPM Director Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan: a vicious cycle of violence is violence. VietNamNet’s reporter talked with ECPM director Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan about this event. What is the message of the conference, with the guests including former death row prisoners and Nobel Peace Prize winners? That is the power of testimonies. Nobel Prizes are moral and international figures against the death penalty; their voices are beyond any political considerations. They have the experience of strong commitments in favor of Human rights: and the first of the rights is the right to live. The witnesses of death penalty can make feel better than anyone the ugly and dirty reality of the death penalty … [Read more...] about 105 countries abandon the death penalty
VietNamNet Bridge – Facing the spread of terrorism, leaders of many countries around the world continue to confirm that the death penalty cannot help reduce crime. Attending the 6th world congress against the death penalty held in Oslo, Norway on June 21-23, two representatives of France, the new victim of terrorist attacks, reiterated that France still fights for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed France’s financial support for activities to call for abolition of the death penalty. Recalling the achievements of the movement – with 102 countries abolished the death penalty in the last 20 years – he also noted that in 2015, 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries, of which he referred to Iran and Saudi Arabia. Answering the central question posed at the conference: Does the war against terrorism makes countries reconsider the abolition of the death penalty?, former French Justice Minister … [Read more...] about Terrorism does not justify resuming the death penalty: world congress
As authorities think of ways to clear the rising backlog of death-row prisoners, experts say capital punishment fails to address the crux of the problem of increasing crime An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have said. Vietnamese authorities have no time to ponder such lofty thoughts. They have a job to do. Execute hundreds of people who have been handed down the death penalty. There is a hitch, though. In July 2011, the National Assembly, Vietnam's legislature, passed a law that said Vietnam will shift from a firing squad to administering a lethal injection, as a more humane method for both the executed and the executioners. The European Union (EU), which has banned the death penalty within the bloc, has also banned the sale of drugs to countries that want to use them to execute people. The law should have taken effect last November, but since then the execution of at least 400 inmates has not been able to go ahead due to the ban on the … [Read more...] about An eye for an eye”¦
Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection, President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more important, question: Is the country really equipped to carry out executions? Minority “Vietnam belongs to an increasingly small minority of countries … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?