in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
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A UN General Assembly panel on Thursday passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with the ultimate goal of abolishing the practice despite fierce opposition from several members. The vote, capping an acrimonious, two-day debate on the highly divisive issue, was 99 in favor, 52 against and 33 abstentions.The United States and China joined many developing countries, notably from the Islamic world, in voting no.The full 192-member General Assembly was widely expected to endorse the decision, possibly next month, according to diplomats.France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert said the vote on the Italian-drafted text "marks a real turning point in the global realization of the need to abolish the death penalty.""I hope that the General Assembly will confirm this vote in its plenary session," he added."The strong vote in favor of this resolution is further evidence that the center ground on this debate has shifted towards the end of the use of the death penalty … [Read more...] about UN Panel Adopts Resolution Calling for Moratorium on Death Penalty
News of Vietnam's decision to abolish the death penalty for five different crimes may have had less of an effect on the public's opinion of criminals than planned. The general reaction has all but corroborated how capital punishment is still widely viewed by the masses as the answer to Vietnam’s entrenched social problems. Under the new Penal Code, which will take effect in January 2018, robbery, vandalizing equipment and projects vital to national security, opposing order, surrendering to the enemy, and the production and trade of fake food will be removed from Vietnam’s list of capital offenses. That will take the country’s number of capital crimes down from 22 to 17. But what appears to be more telling is how the public has reacted to this news. An article about the abolition of the death penalty for those crimes published by the Vietnamese-language edition of VnExpress attracted over 80 comments, mostly by outraged readers. The main finger of accusation … [Read more...] about Death penalty still the public’s answer to solving social downfall in Vietnam
Governments and campaigners on Sunday urged a worldwide end to the death penalty, singling out the United States, Iran and China and denouncing executions of children and other vulnerable groups. People hold placards showing persons sentenced to death as they participate in a demonstration in front of the Centre national d\'Art et Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris, to protest against death penalty. Governments and campaigners urged a worldwide end to the death penalty, singling out the United States, Iran and China and denouncing executions of children and other vulnerable groups. Japan, which counted 107 prisoners on death row as of last month, saw one of the first demonstrations to mark Sunday\'s action called by the Paris-based World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. … [Read more...] about World protest urges end to death penalty
The number of death penalties carried out worldwide dropped last year according to an annual report released Friday by an Italian non-governmental organisation. The global number dropped from 5,004 in 2011 to 3,967 in 2012, while the number of countries that abolished capital punishment rose from 155 to 158 over the same period, the Italian NGO Hands off Cain said. "The significant decrease in death penalties is to a great extent thanks to China, where they dropped from 4,000 to 3,000 in just a year," Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said at a press conference to present the report. In China, the number of death penalties has dropped 10 percent each year since 2007, when a new law meant death sentences had to go before the Supreme Court. Despite the significant decrease, China remains the first country on the Hands off Cain blacklist, followed by Iran, which carried out 580 executions in 2012, and Iraq, where the number of death penalties almost doubled over the last year to … [Read more...] about World abolishing death penalty, despite hiccups