A majority of deputies at the National Assembly (NA) session Monday strongly opposed a bill to jettison capital punishment laws for rape, and drug transportation and storage. Deputy Do Thi Lan said rape is one of the most dangerous crimes because of the serious negative impacts it has on society, especially to females under 18. Deputy Huynh Nghia said life imprisonment as the heaviest sentence for rape does not correspond with the severity of the crime. Life in prison would not act as a strong enough deterrent, he said, adding that rape crimes had increased in recent years. He said abolishing the death sentence for rape would cause social disorder and fail to protect young women. Deputy Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa said: "I propose not to eliminate the death sentence for the crime. This is a very dangerous crime, seriously violating the victim's honor, hurting their human dignity and health, and causing prolonged misery for them and their relatives." Retaining the penalty punishes the … [Read more...] about Legislators oppose proposal to repeal death penalty for rape
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(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
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?
GUANGZHOU - In letters to his daughter from death row, Zeng Chengjie assured her he would be reprieved, like others convicted of economic crimes in China. The incident triggered a public outcry and spotlighted China's combination of a murky criminal justice system and aggressive, sometimes unpredictable, use of capital punishment. Zeng's 24-year-old daughter rushed to the Changsha Intermediate Court after hearing rumours of her father's death, hoping an official could reassure her. Instead she found the statement. "I felt like I was in a dream, that this couldn't be happening," Zeng Shan said. "In his letters he always said there was hope." Even after a relative collected his ashes, she said, "I still couldn't believe it." Zeng had been convicted of "illegal fundraising", although his lawyer argues his assets could have easily covered his debts - if the state had not confiscated them. China is believed to execute more people than any other country. It stepped up capital … [Read more...] about Execution with no farewell spotlights China death penalty
India's cabinet has approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi that sparked national outrage. A government-appointed panel recommended the changes to ministers after the death of a 23-year-old woman who was savagely raped and attacked in a bus on December 16 and died nearly two weeks later. The case ignited nationwide demonstrations by protesters demanding better safety for women. The changes, which must be approved by President Pranab Mukherjee to become law, include doubling the minimum sentence for gang-rape and imposing the death penalty when the victim is killed or left in a vegetative state. "We have taken swift action and hope these steps will make women feel safer in the country," Law Minister Ashwani Kumar told reporters late on Friday. "This is a progressive piece of legislation and is consistent with the felt sensitivities of the nation in the aftermath of the outrageous gang-rape," he added. On … [Read more...] about India cabinet backs death penalty in some rape cases