(CPV) – October 10 is the World and European Day against the death penalty. The European Union (EU) is opposed to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under any circumstances. Its universal abolition is one of the key objectives of EU human rights policy. … [Read more...] about European and World Day against death penalty
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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?
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
Vietnam has postponed its planned resumption of executions yet again after having approved the use of locally produced lethal injection drugs, leaving 568 death-row inmates tortured by uncertainty Inmates working at the Nam Ha Prison in Ha Nam Province. Unable to import the lethal injection cocktail mandated by Vietnamese law for almost two years, the government has approved the use of locally-produced drugs, but new unnamed problems have emerged, prompting yet another delay. Photo by Ngoc Thang Death-row prisoner Nguyen Tien Cong got tired of waiting for the state to kill him. The 35-year-old man committed suicide in prison on June 15, two years after the Hai Phong People's Court sentenced him to death for killing a 61-year-old who caught him breaking into his house. Executions were scheduled to resume last month, after having been delayed indefinitely since Vietnam shifted from the firing squad to lethal injection under the amended Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments that … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s death row inmates enduring a wait worse than death
VietNamNet Bridge - On June 12, the fifth world conference against the death penalty opened in Madrid, Spain. The event, held by Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM,) with the support of Spain, Norway, Switzerland and France, attracts 1,500 delegates from 90 countries. What is the message of the conference, with the guests including former death row prisoners and Nobel Peace Prize winners? That is the power of testimonies. Nobel Prizes are moral and international figures against the death penalty; Their voices are beyond any political considerations. They have the experience of strong commitments in favor of Human rights: and the first of the rights is the right to live. The witnesses of death penalty can make feel better than anyone the ugly and dirty reality of the death penalty system. The testimony of Robert Curley who lost his 5 years old son killed by two men or Bud Welch who lost his 23 years old daughter in Oklahoma Terrorist bomb to strongly support the abolition of … [Read more...] about 105 countries abandon the death penalty