Botswana defies outcry from human rights group, executes murderer

2019-12-02 18:11

Botswana has hanged a 44-year-old man for murdering his boss, prisons services announced, despite mounting criticism from rights groups and the European Union.

OPINION: The state has no business administering the death penalty

2019-09-08 07:05

Neither the death penalty, nor a state of emergency can curb the savage violence that society appears to have licensed. Only a restoration of values and an effective state can, writes Ebrahim Fakir.

Death penalty referendum: ATM wants Parliament, Ramaphosa to give SA a say

2019-09-04 15:52

Opposition parties have turned to speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise and President Cyril Ramaphosa in the face of violence against women and the spate of xenophobic attacks.

Death-row prisoner sacrificed last meal to feed the homeless

2019-05-17 13:09

The inmate, who was executed on Thursday 16 May, declined the meal and opted to donate the vegetarian pizza to a local homeless shelter.

Malaysia to abolish death penalty

2018-10-11 14:45

Malaysia's cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said, with more than 1 200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.

The death penalty around the world

2018-09-07 21:50

The use of the death penalty is declining as more than two-thirds of countries have abolished or ceased to use it and executions continued to decrease in 2017, Amnesty International says.

No death penalty for albino killers, Mutharika says

2016-07-04 12:30

President Peter Mutharika has insisted that he will not institute the death penalty against those found guilty of murders perpetrated on citizens living with albinism in Malawi, a report says.

Texas executes man who strangled transvestite

2016-01-21 11:13

Texas executed a man who killed a transvestite during a sex game, prison officials said, in a case which drew the attention of Pope Francis.

Maimane 'flip-flops' on death penalty referendum

2015-05-06 14:57

Two days after DA leadership candidate Mmusi Maimane publicly expressed his support for a referendum on the death penalty, he has backed down.

Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

2014-09-18 10:26

A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago has been executed.


In response to: We need the death penalty precisely because respect for human life is so important

2019-09-16 15:56

We should safeguard human existence, not because we value the lives of those who violently end it, but because we value and respect all life.

Death penalty will not deal with femicide and violence against women and children - Justice Dept

2019-09-04 22:45

The reinstatement of the death penalty will not deal with femicide and other forms of violence against women and children, said the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

WATCH | US federal government to execute inmates for first time since 2003

2019-07-26 08:34

The United States Justice Department has reinstated a long dormant policy allowing the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates. WATCH NOW.

'The death penalty is unequally applied' - Washington ends 'racially biased' death penalty

2018-10-12 13:46

Washington's Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the state's death penalty as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment.

Governments must put an end to the death penalty - Amnesty International

2018-10-10 10:52

Amnesty International has called on governments across the world to put an end to the death penalty.

US prisoner's eighth date with death

2017-05-26 06:37

The first time he was scheduled to die, Tommy Arthur invited his family to death row to say goodbye.

US executes 72-year-old prisoner

2016-02-03 12:32

The US state of Georgia has executed its oldest death row inmate, just days before his 73rd birthday, in a move critics denounced as emblematic of capital punishment's excesses.

Last-minutre reprieve for Nicaraguan man set to be executed in Texas

2015-08-26 07:21

Texas' top criminal court has stopped the scheduled execution of a Nicaraguan man convicted of killing a Houston high school teacher during a robbery more than 18 years ago.

China executed 2 400 last year - rights group

2014-10-21 11:17

The world's top executioner China put 2 400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group says, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret.

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

2014-07-24 08:21

A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the US.

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