UN Experts Demand Iran Halt Execution of Alleged Israeli Spy

GENEVA, Switzerland — Four UN rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to “immediately” annul the death sentence against an academic accused of espionage during nuclear talks with world powers, warning his trial had been marred by violations.

People take part in a rally, on December 14, 2017 at the Iranian embassy in Brussels, in support of Ahmadreza Djalali after Irans Supreme Court upheld the death sentence handed to this an Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine. Djalali was arrested in April 2016 during a visit …

Nobel Laureates Urge Saudi King to Halt 14 Executions

Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners have appealed to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in 2012.

Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and …

Netanyahu Supports Death Penalty for Halamish Terrorist

The terrorist who killed Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon in Halamish last Shabbat “should simply never smile again,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, advocating the death penalty in this case.

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Syria Regime Hanged 13,000 in Notorious Prison: Amnesty

Amnesty International accused Syria’s government on Tuesday of hanging up to 13,000 people at a notorious prison over five years in a “policy of extermination,” two weeks before planned peace talks.

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Iran Keeps Daughter of Abused Colombian Woman Trapped in Embassy

The government of Iran has refused to hand over the 6-year-old daughter of Colombian national Sandra Meneses, who tricked her Iranian husband into a “vacation” back to her hometown of Cali in order to escape the myriad abuses she had endured while living with him in Iran.

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Pope Francis Amps Up Opposition to Death Penalty

Leaving aside traditional Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said Tuesday that capital punishment is “inadmissible” and that the right to life is absolute and applies equally to the innocent and the guilty.

Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Square on March 20, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis on Sunday presided at the Procession and Mass for Palm Sunday, as the Church enters into the celebration of Holy Week.

Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader, 35 Others to Life

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) spiritual leader and 35 other members of the terrorist-designated Islamist group to life in prison Monday for acts of violence linked to the army’s removal of Egypt’s former president, according to state-run news outlets.

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Death Row Prisoner Performs Bar Mitzvah

Ynetnews reports: Yadidya Marfi, who has been waiting for 15 years in a Livingston, Texas prison for the implementation of his death sentence. In October 2000, Marfi shot and killed a 79 –year-old women, when he was high on cocaine.

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Report: Iran Is World’s Leading Executioner of Children

The Islamic Republic of Iran leads the way in invoking capital punishment upon minors, forgoing a past pledge to do away with the death penalty for citizens under eighteen, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

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