death penalty en Justice for Stephen Lawrence, pt. 2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks to change in "double jeopardy" law Stephen Lawrence's killers are convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Yesterday, 18 years after the crime was committed, two men were convicted of the murder of black teen-ager Stephen Lawrence. Today, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were sentenced to life imprisonment. Britain does not have the death penalty. Nor does life imprisonment mean life here.</p> <p> Most life sentences stipulate a minimum amount of time to be served before a convicted murderer is eligible for parole. Because Dobson and Miller were teen-agers at the time of the murder, their minimum time in jail was set by Mr. Justice Treacy at 15 years and two months. Norris must serve 14 years and three months.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Norris death penalty double jeopardy Gary Dobson Home life sentence murder Regions Stephen Lawrence Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:53:43 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685882 at Japan: no new executions <p> TOKYO &mdash; Executions have slowed to a halt since the left-of-center Democratic party of Japan (DPJ) took office in a landslide election victory in 2009.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death penalty World Leaders Japan Health Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:21:50 +0000 Justin McCurry 5686262 at EU condemns Belarus for execution of alleged Minsk subway bombers <p> The two men executed &quot;were not accorded due process, including the right to defend themselves,&quot; according to the EU&#39;s head of foreign policy, Catherine Ashton.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belarus death penalty justice Europe Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:20:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5696678 at Amnesty International capital punishment report: bad news and good news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Among the invaluable activities of Amnesty International is the compilation of an annual report on capital punishment. The <a href="">2011 edition</a> was published today and it makes for interesting reading.</p> <p> The bad news: there was a more than 10 percent increase in the number of judicial killings worldwide. In 2011, 676 executions took place as opposed to 527 in 2010.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Amnesty International China death penalty Home Iran Iraq Regions Saudi Arabia Syria United States Iran Europe Iraq Middle East Saudi Arabia United Kingdom On Europe Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:32:46 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5697864 at Singapore to relax mandatory death penalty for drug offenders Singapore's infamously harsh sentencing for drug couriers may be coming to an end, the Associated Press reported today. In a Monday announcement, deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean said the government will now give judges the ability to consider life sentencing for couriers who are mentally disabled, as well as those who cooperate when caught.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death death penalty drug trafficking Drugs execution Singapore Asia-Pacific Politics Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:43:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5710989 at Vietnam's execution cocktail dilemma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Firing squads are out. Injections are in. But who'll supply the poison? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Like many of its Communist brethren, Vietnam enforces the death penalty. The <a href="">European</a> Union abhors it.</p> <p>This is a dilemma for <a href="">Hanoi</a>, which wants to use lethal injection drugs on its 500-plus prisoners on death row. <a href="">Germany</a> is a major supplier of sodium thiopental, a standard execution drug that's also used to induce anesthesia. But <a href="" target="_blank">modern European mores dictate that enabling capital punishment is unethical</a> and that Vietnam is unfit to receive the drug.</p> <p>So, as the BBC and many other outlets are reporting, Vietnam now intends to <a href="" target="_blank">create "domestic poisons"</a> that will end the lives of its death row inmates.</p> <p>Vietnam doesn't profess to care much about its death row inmates' condition. There's a reason Vietnam is suddenly seeking lethal drugs: last year, the government opted to quit using firing squads because it worried about the psychological toll on the shooters, not the anguish of the executed.</p> <p>Those bound for execution — many of them drug traffickers — are reviled as "the seeders of white death to society," according to this excellent series on Vietnam's firing squads by the outlet Tuoi Tre. As Tuoi Tre uncovered, the firing squad was typically treated to an <a href="" target="_blank">"alcohol-fueled party so that they could air their grievances and relieve their minds before going home."</a></p> <p>Lethal injections are certainly easier on those tasked with carrying out state executions. But whether Vietnam's homegrown death cocktail will prove as painless to the executed as sodium thiopental — or offer a more painful death experience — remains to be seen. If it's the latter, the EU ban may inadvertently play a role in making the capital punishment system it disdains just a touch less humane.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death penalty Asia-Pacific Europe Germany On Southeast Asia Vietnam GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:10:04 +0000 Patrick Winn 5738833 at While Mexico is riled by Texas execution, many actually support the death penalty <p>MEXICO CITY &mdash; &quot;Even if he were guilty he has already paid with 20 years in prison. That&rsquo;s enough,&quot; one reader commented on the website of Excelsior newspaper.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death penalty Want to Know Politics Mexico United States Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:49:00 +0000 Dudley Althaus 6050435 at These are the 29 foreign nationals executed in the US since 1976 <p>US authorities failed to inform the arrested foreign nationals that they had the right to seek consular assistance under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. In 2004, the International Court of Justice <a href=";code=%A0%20mus&amp;p1=3&amp;p2=3&amp;p3=6&amp;case=128&amp;k=18/&amp;PHPSESSID=6a2e2e2f4dc8919c2d331d11e8b4ac75&amp;PHPSESSID=6a2e2e2f4dc8919c2d331d11e8b4ac75">found</a> that the United States had violated the Vienna Convention in dozens of cases involving the arrest and prosecution of Mexican citizens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death penalty Want to Know Germany Iraq Politics Canada South Africa Cuba Pakistan Mexico Philippines United States Thailand Vietnam Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Timothy McGrath 6050510 at These are the countries still using lethal injection to kill people <p>The US is not in good company.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> death penalty Regions Strange But True China Saudi Arabia United States Thailand Vietnam Wed, 07 May 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Jeanne Kim 6136916 at