Executions in 2018: min. 690 plus 'thousands' in China


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[Translate to Englisch:] Online Petition: Abschaffung der Todesstrafe in Weißrussland

Belarus is the last country in Europe and former Soviet Union that is still carrying out the death penalty. Amnesty International, Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, Belarusian Helsinki Committee and other human rights defenders in Belarus oppose the death penalty in all cases without exception. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life, guaranteed by the Constitution of Belarus and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nothing can justify the purposeful and ruthless taking of a human life by State.

[Translate to Englisch:] Online Petition: Abschaffung der Todesstrafe für Minderjährige

The Swiss NGO Vivere (www.vivere.ch) - ''protecting people whose lives are endangered by unacceptable discrimination'', has initiated this petition to save the lives of inmates at risk of being sentenced to the death penalty for crimes committed when under the age of 18.
13 countries have the legal provision to enforce the death penalty on adults who were under the age of 18 at the time of their offences. Currently, 67 countries sentence young people to life imprisonment. These countries clearly violate Articles 6 and 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) which they have signed and ratified. This convention states that a child’s right to life and development is non-negotiable and that both the death penalty and life sentences are forbidden.       

Arguments such as cultural diversity, public opinion and ‘the deterrence effect’, are merely pretexts for more repression. Capital punishment and life imprisonment deny any possibility of reform to juveniles who have the right to development.            

Some ‘Reservations’ from States which ratified the Convention say that, as a general principle, customary or religious laws and values hold precedence. This is a flagrant violation of Article 19(c) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969), stating that national laws or regulations cannot have precedence over international treaties. A state cannot ratify an International Convention prohibiting the death penalty and then issue a Reservation which undermines this; it amounts to state-sponsored murder.

We, the undersigned therefore demand that:

1.   All countries who currently condemn juveniles to the death sentence and life imprisonment announce a moratorium on these sentences and executions with immediate effect.

2. These countries must initiate legislation prohibiting these two sentences in their juvenile penal code since they are in flagrant violation of basic human and children’s rights.


[Translate to Englisch:] Online Petition: Sagen Sie Trump, die Todesstrafe ist kein Spaß

[Translate to Englisch:] Der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten ist am 15. Februar ins Weiße Haus gegangen, um seine Erklärung eines "nationalen Notfalls" an unserer Südgrenze zu verteidigen. Um die Dinge noch schlimmer zu machen, arbeitete Trump erneut am Thema der Todesstrafe als Teil eine Vorhabens, den Fluss von Drogen in die Vereinigten Staaten zu stoppen.
Trump neigt dazu, "Strongmen" und den damit verbundenen Regierungsstil zu verherrlichen. Als Trump über China sprach, scherzte er, dass sie kein Drogenproblem hätten, weil der Verkauf von Drogen in China ein Todesurteil tragen könne. Trump ging sogar so weit, vorzuschlagen, dass wir hier die gleiche Taktik anwenden sollten, um unsere Drogenepidemie zu lösen.
Ein Experte für die Todesstrafe und die Folgen der aktuellen Drogenkrise, Dr. Jon Groner, kommt zu dem Schluss:
"Todesstrafe für Drogendealer" ist ein guter Spruch, aber eine teure und ineffektive Politik, damit die schwerste Epidemie unseres Landes."
Unabhängig von Ihrer Meinung darüber, wie wir mit Drogenhändlern in diesem Land umgehen sollten, wissen wir, dass die Todesstrafe nicht wirksam wäre, um den Drogenverkauf oder den Drogenkonsum einzudämmen. Noch deutlicher ist, dass wir wissen, dass die Todesstrafe nicht auf einer Pressekonferenz im Rosengarten des Weißen Hauses verulkt werden sollte.
Trumps Worte waren ekelhaft. Füge deinen Namen hinzu, um Trump und seiner Regierung zu sagen: Die Todesstrafe ist kein Witz.

Saudi Arabia: Do not execute protesters!

18 young people could be beheaded at any time for the ‘crime’ of protesting against the Saudi government. Some were sentenced to death for attending protests when they were children. All were brutally tortured into confessing.
Saudi Arabia claims to be reforming under its Vision 2030 programme, but these executions could come at any time. Urge Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to commute their death sentences.

Online Petition: Death Penalty won't stop drug crisis

The President of the United States has made the death penalty a central theme of his plan to address the opioid crisis in the United States. Dr. Jon Groner, and expert on both the death penalty and the results of the current drug crisis.
No matter your opinion of what drug dealers deserve or whether this country should expand its use of the death penalty as a way to deal with the drug crisis, this proposal simply makes no sense as a practical public policy. President Trump seems not to have taken a careful look at the most expensive element of our nations' criminal justice system - the death penalty. Imprisonment actually costs much less and is just as effective at protecting society. If it turns out we've made a mistake, we can free a prisoner. However, we cannot free an innocent person from the grave.
Please tell your congressional representatives to reject expansion of the death penalty as a way to help stem the opioid drug crisis.

Stop imminent executions of 14 people in Saudi Arabia

14 people sentenced to death on protest charges in Saudi Arabia have been prepared for execution and could face beheading within hours. They include a disabled man and two sentenced to death as juveniles.
Munir Al-Adam was born with impaired sight and hearing. In their efforts to extract a "confession" from him, Munir's captors tortured him so badly that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear. Mujtaba'a al-Sweikat was just 17 when arrested at the airport on his way to take up a place at university in the US. He was burnt with cigarettes and tortured so savagely that his shoulder was broken. He was denied medical care and sentenced to die on the basis of the forced "confession".
The world must tell the new Saudi Prince that these 14 executions are unacceptable and cannot be allowed to go ahead.

Online Petition to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida

I ask you to join us in a call to suspend executions in Florida. Florida is one of 33 states with the death penalty, but Florida has far more exonerations that any other state in the union. Death Row exoneration happens when the condemned prisoner is acquitted of all charges, or had all charges dismissed by the prosecution, or been granted a complete pardon based on evidence of innocence. Twenty-four people have been released from death row in Florida to return to some part of a normal life, some after almost 20 years on Death Row. Seventy-four were executed without, perhaps, a fair trial. We want to make sure no more innocent people are executed. Join us as we ask Rick Scott to put a moratorium on executions.

Online Petition for two Christian pastors

Two Christian pastors are currently on trial in Sudan because of their Christian faith.  Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal have been held in extremely poor conditions for nearly a year as they face false charges brought against them by Islamic security forces in Sudan.
Both men are facing the death penalty if they are convicted.   They have been charged as co-offenders under Sudan’s Penal Code of 1991, with charges ranging from waging war against the state and espionage to agitating hatred between classes.

Online Petition: Grant clemency to Robin Myers and change his sentence from death to life without the possibility of parole

Robin "Rocky" Myers is a 53-year-old intellectually disabled black man who was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1993 for a crime he did not commit.
With a vote of 9-to-3, an overwhelmingly white jury in Decatur, Ala., recommended that Robin be sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole. The elected judge presiding over the case overrode the jury and ordered his execution instead.
The United States Supreme Court recently found this practice of judicial override to be unconstitutional and struck down Florida's capital sentencing scheme, which allowed override.  Alabama is now one of only two states that allows for such judicial override and it stands alone in giving a judge no guidance in exercising this power.

Indonesia: Stop imminent executions!

Up to 15 people are believed to be at risk of imminent executions in Indonesia. Join us in calling on Indonesian authorities to halt executions now.
At least four death row prisoners were moved to Indonesia’s Nusakambangan prison island in recent weeks, where 13 of the 14 executions carried out in 2015 took place. The death row prisoners have been convicted of drug-related offences and some did not receive a fair trial. In some cases examined by Amnesty International, the police tortured or otherwise ill-treated some of the detainees, including to extract ‘confessions’. Many weren’t given access to a lawyer at the time of their arrest and at other stages of the process.
The exact date of the executions hasn’t been confirmed but the Attorney General stated that another round of executions will be carried out “in the near future”. The authorities will only give 72-hours’ notice before the executions are carried out. Prison officials have prepared the execution grounds and the firing squads have also been organized.
The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. In addition, executions for drug-related offences are not permitted under international law as they do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes”. Indonesian authorities have repeatedly referred to their execution plan as an effective tool in tackling drug trafficking, despite the lack of evidence to support this claim.

Online Petition for a moratorium of the death penalty in the Holy Year of Mercy

Following on from Pope Francis widely expanding actions for hope and healing, peace and justice during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, together with the Community of Sant’Egidio and many people of goodwill around the country and world, we appeal you to apply executive clemency in capital cases in the United States during the Year of Mercy. santegidiousa.org/2015/11/23/community-of-santegidio-usa-appeals-to-stop-all-capital-state-executions-during-the-holy-year-of-mercy/

Online Petition for a nationwide halt to executions

After the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last April in Oklahoma the NCADP - the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - is demanding a nationwide halt to all executions in the US. For further information and to sign the petition, please go to: http://www.ncadp.org/page/s/demand-a-nationwide-halt-to-all-executions

Online Petition: US actress Susan Sarandon speaks out against the Death Penalty

The US actress Susan Sarandon is speaking out against the Death Penalty for years now. Find out what she has to say and view the petition here: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/1972/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17052

Online Petition for Bernardo Aban Tercero, Texas

Bernardo Aban Tercero, a Nicaraguan national, was charged and convicted of capital murder in Texas in 2000. The death for which he was held responsible, is disputed in terms of the degree of culpability, but here we are concerned with matters pertaining to his age at the date of the crime. Bernardo has produced strong evidence that he was under the age of 18 at this time. For further information and to sign the Petition, please go to: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Recognition_of_the_legality_of_Bernardo_Aban_Terceros_birth_certificate_and_his_ineligibilty_for_the_death_penalty/?cFOMsbb

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