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Sierra Leone formally abolishes ‘inhumane’ death penalty
The West African nation is the 23rd country on the continent and the 110th worldwide to end capital punishment.
8 Oct 2021
What does it take to get CEOs to stand against the death penalty?
With big business names signing up to end the death penalty, Al Jazeera speaks to the woman organising the effort.
7 Oct 2021
Missouri executes murder convict with ‘intellectual disability’
Lawyers for Johnson, a 61-year-old Black man convicted of a 1994 triple murder, said he was intellectually disabled.
6 Oct 2021
US senators urge State Dept to confront Bahrain’s ‘repression’
Since a 2011 uprising, the Gulf country has arrested thousands of protesters and reportedly tortured prisoners.
24 Sep 2021
US Supreme Court stays prisoner execution over spiritual adviser
Texas officials’ refusal to allow pastor to touch, pray over John Ramirez during execution violates rights: Lawyer.
9 Sep 2021
Amnesty blasts Saudi ‘illusion of reform’ as executions soar
The kingdom executed at least 40 people between January and July 2021, more than in whole of 2020, UK-based group says.
3 Aug 2021
Campaigners hail historic Sierra Leone move to end death penalty
Lawmakers vote to repeal the death penalty more than 20 years after the country’s last execution.
24 Jul 2021
‘Heinous act of revenge’: Bahrain death sentences surge by 600%
Death sentences in the small Gulf nation have risen more than 600 percent in the past decade, new report finds.
13 Jul 2021
US attorney general freezes all federal executions
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, pledged during his campaign to support an end the death penalty.
2 Jul 2021
Iran’s President-elect Raisi addresses ties to mass executions
Raisi says he is ‘proud’ of his work as a former prosecutor and will continue to ‘defend human rights’ as president.
21 Jun 2021
South Carolina high court blocks two electric chair executions
Inmates must have choice of death by firing squad, court rules, as US states seek alternatives to lethal injection.
16 Jun 2021
Arizona prepares to execute death row inmates with gas Nazis used
After suspending executions due to a botched lethal injection in 2014, Arizona now has 115 inmates awaiting execution.
2 Jun 2021
UNPACK THE PAST
Death Row-USA: A history of the death penalty in America
At the end of his tenure, Trump presided over the deaths of 13 prisoners. What will happen to the 2,500 on death row?
21 Apr 2021
China, Middle East dominate list of world’s top executioners
Amnesty’s annual review shows decrease in number of global executions in 2020 but 18 countries continued the practice.
21 Apr 2021
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