death penalty

Cannes Festival Entry Focuses on Taiwan Death Penalty Debate

By Fabian Hamacher TAIPEI, May 9 – A prize-winning Taiwanese film exploring the use of the death penalty will screen at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, adding to recent increased debate about the island’s use of capital punishment. Leon Lee’s 23-minute film titled “The Day To Choose” puts its main character, a lawyer

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Egyptian Court Recommends Death Penalty for Journalists, Mursi Verdict Postponed

CAIRO, May 8 – An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death penalty for three journalists and three others charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets to Qatar, in a ruling condemned by the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel as shocking. Jordanian national Alaa Omar Sablan and Ibrahim Mohammed Helal, who both work for Al Jazeera,

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Executions Hit Highest Level in 25 Years in 2015: Amnesty

BERLIN, April 6 – There were more executions worldwide in 2015 than in any year since 1990 and almost 90 percent occurred in three countries – Iran,Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday. At least 1,634 people were executed last year, the organisation said, adding that the actual number was

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Pope Calls for Worldwide Ban on Death Penalty

VATICAN CITY, Feb 21  – Pope Francis on Sunday called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the commandment “You shall not kill” was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, the pope also called on Catholic politicians worldwide

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