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
Wrongfully executed death penalty
Saudi Arabia should not respond to criticism of its regime by beheading people, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday following Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. He was referring to the execution for "terrorism" Saturday of Nimr al-Nimr, who had been behind anti-government protests among Saudi Arabia's Shiite Muslim minority. Officials have not said how Nimr was put to death, but beheading is common in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, which has since cut diplomatic ties with predominantly Shiite Iran. "One does not respond to criticism by cutting off heads," Rouhani said as he welcomed visiting Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen to Tehran. "I hope that European countries who always react on human rights matters will meet their duties." Human rights groups frequently criticize use of the death penalty in Iran, where hanging is employed. Rouhani also accused the Middle East's top Sunni Arab power of using the row over Nimr, which led a mob to ransack and … [Read more...] about Saudi beheadings wrong response to criticism: Iran president
In a last-minute decision, a court in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on Thursday halted the lethal injection of a 29-year-old man for a grisly murder of two local women after his dogged mother has relentlessly appealed to high places. Ho Duy Hai is set for lethal injection Friday. In an appeal sent to the Long An’s People’s Court on Thursday morning, his family called for the delay in the execution, saying more time was needed to prove his innocence. Le Quang Hung, the provincial deputy chief justice, told Thanh Nien News the court agreed to shelve the lethal injection after getting the approval from the Supreme People’s Court. Central authorities said late Thursday that President Truong Tan Sang ordered the delay. Hai’s mother, Nguyen Thi Loan, said she has sent stacks of documents to appeal to a raft of agencies concerned in Hanoi over the past six years. In April 2009, a court of appeals in Ho Chi Minh City upheld the death sentence against Hai, who … [Read more...] about Vietnam court halts execution of murder convict amid allegation of miscarriage of justice
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?
Dinh La Thang tells court the pressure for project progress led to him acting unlawfully. Mr. Dinh La Thang was in the dock on January 9 The second day of the trial of 22 executives charged over losses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars at the State oil firm PetroVietnam saw a once-rising political star admit to violating rules in appointing one of the group’s construction subsidiaries as the contractor of a thermal power plant. Dinh La Thang, the first former Politburo member to face trial in decades, told the court that when he was PetroVietnam Chairman he was tasked with directing members to approve its strategic direction, implement Party guidelines and resolutions from the Board of Directors, and sign documents on behalf of the Board. According to Thang, the government permitted PetroVietnam to provide investment and development services, under which the group was entitled to appoint member companies to the group’s portfolios, including turning the … [Read more...] about Ex-HCMC Party Chief cites “impatience” for violations