Death penalty is cruel, inhumane – Zim traditional leaders

2016-01-20 14:39

Zimbabwe's traditional chiefs have unanimously voted to have the death penalty scrapped, claiming that it was against their traditional beliefs, reports say.

UN: Executions in Iran could top 1 000 in 2015

2015-10-28 11:43

Executions in Iran have been rising at “an exponential rate” since 2005 and could top 1 000 this year as the country cracks down on drug offender, a UN investigator says.

Nicaragua pleads with US to call off execution

2015-08-25 17:43

Nicaraguan officials and activists have called on the US to cancel the execution in Texas later this week of Bernard Tercero, the only Nicaraguan national on death row in the US.

Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict

2015-08-04 07:48

Pakistan has executed a convicted killer whose supporters say was a juvenile at the time of his crime, despite strenuous objections from rights groups and the United Nations.

Gambia to reinstate firing squads: president

2015-07-18 20:15

Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh has warned that death row inmates should expect to have their sentences implemented, apparently signalling an end to a three-year unofficial moratorium on executions.

Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old

2015-07-15 11:00

A Missouri man who sexually attacked a 19-year-old woman before tying her to a cemetery tree and killing her has been executed after the US Supreme Court and the governor refused to intervene.

Indonesian court rejects death-row Frenchman's appeal

2015-06-22 10:10

An Indonesian court has thrown out an appeal lodged by a French death-row convict challenging a presidential decision to reject his request for clemency.

Indonesia gears up for executions as families wail in grief

2015-04-28 17:23

Indonesia in making final preparations to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as weeping family members paid last visits to their loved ones.

Drug smugglers to be executed together 'for sake of efficiency'

2015-04-07 17:58

Indonesia's attorney general says 10 death-row convicts including two Australian drug smugglers would be executed together for the sake of "efficiency", according to a report.

Indonesia leader too busy to take Australia call – envoy

2015-03-26 13:31

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy during the past three weeks to accept a phone call from the Australian PM to plead for the lives of two death row prisoners, an envoy says.


Texas man executed for setting fire that killed 3 children

2015-11-19 10:08

A Texas inmate has been executed for setting a fire that killed his 18-month-old daughter and her two young half sisters at an East Texas home 15 years ago.

Ohio halts executions until 2017

2015-10-20 14:06

Ohio has delayed the scheduled executions of a dozen death row inmates until 2017 due to challenges in obtaining the necessary lethal drugs.

Saudi executes 3 Sri Lankans, Egyptian

2015-08-17 14:37

Saudi Arabia has executed three Sri Lankans found guilty of robbing and killing a citizen as well as an Egyptian convicted of murder in a separate case, the interior ministry says.

Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India

2015-07-30 08:25

India has executed Yakub Memon for his role in the nation's deadliest attacks, a series of bombings in Mumbai more than two decades ago, police say.

Abolish death penalty, Zambia's leader Lungu told

2015-07-17 19:04

Amnesty International has lauded the decision by Zambian President Edgar Lungu to reduce the sentences of at least 332 prisoners awaiting death by hanging to life imprisonment, urging him to abolish the death penalty "completely".

Seoul: North Korean leader executed 70 since taking power

2015-07-09 10:22

South Korea’s foreign minister says North Korea has staged 70 executions since current leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011.

Bodies of Australians executed in Indonesia arrive home

2015-05-02 12:01

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is confident Australia could restore its relations with Indonesia despite anger over the execution of two drug convicts, whose bodies have reportedly returned home.

Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

2015-04-24 11:27

Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats say.

AI: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014

2015-04-01 11:07

Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1 000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world’s total, Amnesty International says in its latest report on the death penalty.

China executes 3 convicted in mass stabbing

2015-03-24 14:13

China has executed three accused separatists for their role in an attack that killed 31 people at a train station in the southwest last year.

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