Tag: death penalty

Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

(HRW) – The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country’s drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendment, which the parliamentary judiciary commission revised four times, is a…

UK Royals must raise torture and death penalty on Bahrain trip

The Government must ensure that the UK Royal Family raise the issue of torture and the death penalty when they visit Bahrain in the coming week, human rights organization Reprieve has said.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to visit Bahrain this coming week (7-11th). The Government has said the trip will “strengthen the UK’s warm bilateral relations” with the country, among others in the region.

The visit comes amid growing concerns for an innocent man who faces execution in Bahrain, after he was tortured into a forced ‘confession.’ Mohammed Ramadan, a policeman and a father of three, was arrested in 2014 after he attended a protest. He was forced to give statements that he later recanted. His ‘confession’ was subsequently used as the basis for his conviction and death sentence.

UN calls on Saudi Arabia to halt child executions – Reprieve comment

The UN’s child rights committee has called on Saudi Arabia to end the death penalty for children, amid fears for three juveniles who face beheading in relation to protests.

In a report published this morning, experts from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child condemned the Gulf kingdom for its practice of sentencing children to death, noting that juveniles over 15 years old were tried as adults and executed “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial.” The committee’s experts urged the Saudi authorities to “repeal all provisions contained in legislation which authorise the stoning, amputation and flogging of children.”