A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri (L) greeting Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah upon his arrival in Tehran on January 4, 2016. Photo: AFP/HO/ IRANIAN PRESIDENCY Saudi Arabia should not respond to criticism of its regime by beheading people, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday following Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. He was referring to the execution for "terrorism" Saturday of Nimr al-Nimr, who had been behind anti-government protests among Saudi Arabia's Shiite Muslim minority. Officials have not said how Nimr was put to death, but beheading is common in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, which has since cut diplomatic ties with predominantly Shiite Iran. "One does not respond to criticism by cutting off heads," Rouhani said as he welcomed visiting Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen to Tehran. "I hope that European countries who always react on … [Read more...] about Saudi beheadings wrong response to criticism: Iran president
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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?
Tough sentencing - like the capital punishment recently doled out to former state executives - may temporarily deter grand corruption, but fundamental changes are needed to weed it out in the long run, analysts say Duong Chi Dung (C), 56, former chairman of Vietnam's national shipping company Vinalines, is led toward a courtroom at Hanoi's People's Court. Vietnam, on December 16, sentenced Dung and another former top executive at Vinalines to death for embezzlement as authorities try to allay rising public anger over corruption. But analysts say infrequent but harsh punishment can only serve as a deterrent to contain large-scale corruption in the short run and without a major overhaul of the much-cosseted state sector, corruption will remain endemic. PHOTO: VNA On November 15, a Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a former banker and his business associate to death for siphoning off millions of dollars in a major loan scam that caused the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural … [Read more...] about In Vietnam corruption means death, sometimes…
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