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Cameroon: New Law on Repression of Terrorism Passed

(Dec 18, 2014) Cameroon’s legislature has passed new anti-terrorism legislation that includes the death penalty for citizens who, either as individuals or in a group, carry out, abet, or sponsor terrorism. The legislation will now be considered by President Paul Biya for promulgation into law. (Ngala Killian Chimtom, Cameroon’s Anti-Terrorism Law – Reversal of Human […]

South Africa: Court Declares Extradition to Death Penalty Jurisdiction Illegal

(Sept. 25, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, ruled that the extradition to Botswana of Edwin Samotse, a man sought on murder charges in that country, where he may face the death penalty, was a violation of the South African Constitution and illegal. (High Court Rules Botswana Deportation Illegal, […]

Egypt: Ministry Points Out Right of Appeal for Convicted Muslim Brotherhood Members

(May 1, 2014) The criminal court of Egypt’s Al Minya Province recently sentenced the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood organization (the spiritual head of the organization), along with 680 of its members, to the death penalty. On April 29, 2014, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice of Egypt stated that the individuals who […]

Egypt: Defense Lawyers Try to Appeal Death Sentences for Muslim Brotherhood Defendants

(Apr. 2, 2014) On March 24, 2014, the defense lawyers for 528 members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who were convicted of various offenses and given the death penalty announced, in a press conference, that due process for the defendants had been violated. The offenses included murdering a police officer, storming and damaging public property, stealing […]

Bangladesh: First Execution of War Criminal Convicted by International Crimes Tribunal

(Jan. 9, 2014) Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of atrocities in Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was executed in Bangladesh on December 12, 2013. The 65-year-old was the first person convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to be executed. (Mahfuz Sadique, Bangladesh Islamist Abdul Kader Mullah Hanged forWar Crimes, BBC NEWS […]

United Nations: U.N. Official Urges Stay of Executions in Gaza

(Aug. 23, 2013) On August 14, 2013, Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke out against executions scheduled in the Gaza Strip. The area has been controlled by the organization Hamas since 2007. According to Pillay, there is concern “at the possibility that executions might be carried out over the course […]

United Nations: Committee Passes Resolution on the Death Penalty

(Dec. 3, 2012) On November 19, 2012, the United Nations Third Committee – the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee – voted in favor of a resolution for a moratorium on capital punishment. By a vote of 110 for, 39 against, and 36 abstaining, the Committee called on all countries to establish a suspension of executions, […]

Gambia: Seven Death Sentences Upheld

(Oct. 23, 2012) On October 19, 2012, the Gambia Supreme Court upheld the treason convictions of seven men, including the former Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba. The defendants originally were convicted in 2010 and given death sentences. (Jaimie Cremeans, AI: Gambia Convicts at Risk of Execution After Supreme Court Decision, PAPER […]

Iran: UN Calls for Halt of Executions

(Oct. 16, 2012) On October 12, 2012, three U.N.Special Rapporteurs, Ahmed Shaheed, Christof Heyns, and Juan E. Méndez, whose focus is on Iran, extrajudicial executions, and torture, respectively, called on Iran to halt all executions. They particularly condemned the 11 executions scheduled for October 13. (Press Release, U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human […]

Gambia: Death Penalty Impositions Temporarily Halted

(Sept. 18, 2012) On September 14, 2012, Yahya Jammeh, President of The Gambia, set a temporary moratorium on executions in the country. (Gambia Stops Death Row Executions, CBC NEWS (Sept. 15, 2012).) There are 37 people remaining under death sentences in The Gambia, following nine executions in August 2012. Jammeh issued a statement to the […]