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Judge: CA Death Penalty Unconstitutional
A federal judge in California has ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. Judge Cormac J. Carney cited the fact that since 1978 only 13 of the 900 inmates on death row have been executed. According to Judge Carney, these delays devalue the retributive and deterrent purpose of execution, and render it arbitrary and capricious.
Arizona Halts Executions
Arizona has halted execution pending an investigation into the botched execution of Joseph Wood. The state administered a lethal injection containing midazolam and hydromorphone, which prolonged Wood’s death by nearly 2 hours. Several groups, including Senator John McCain, say that this amounts to torture.
Thailand Military to Control Media
Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) adopts new restrictions on the freedom of the press. The restrictions apply to all media outlets and ban all interviews with figures likely to mislead public opinion or disrupt the public peace. The restrictions also require the media to broadcast any information the NCPO may wish to disseminate.
Burma Promises to Combat Child Labor
Burma promises to implement a ban on child labor by December. The news comes on the heels of the ratification of the International Labor Organization (ILO) convention, which calls for action towards eliminating child labor, such as slavery, child pornography, prostitution, and other illegal activities.
Bolivia Reduces Minimum Employment Age
Peru Alleviates Abortion Restrictions
Much to the outrage of the Catholic community, the Peruvian government has drawn up specific regulations that will give women the right to abortions in extreme situations, at the behest of the United Nations, 90 years after they became lawful 1924. Statistics show that 30% of teenage mothers died due to clandestine abortions in 2013.
Kayole babies trafficked for profit
Nigeria considers abolishing death penalty
The European Union (EU) has urged Nigeria to consider abolishing capital punishment. Encouraging other alternatives, the EU expressed concern for the many inmates sentenced to death in Nigeria, especially minors. The EU has already freed thirty-five inmates facing the death penalty in the federation, and now plans to secure the release of another eighty-eight.
Mishandling of Malaysia MH17 Bodies
Ukrainian separatists are being uncooperative with international efforts to secure the bodies of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The Ukrainian government has been unable to secure investigators’ access to the crash site, and Russia, who holds significant sway over the separatist movement, appears unwilling to exercise its influence to facilitate cooperation.
Face-veil Ban in France
Earlier this month, the European Court of Human Rights approved France’s decision to ban women from donning full-face veils. A minority of judges dissented arguing that the ban violates the freedom of religion and expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Saudi Women Paving Roads in Court
The Saudi Justice Ministry has granted twenty female attorneys license to practice in the courts, a welcome step in a country that has yet to extend driving privileges to women. The ministry has also granted ten other women trainee licenses, which will allow them to practice law after completing the required years of experience.
Al Jazeera Reporter Freed
After ten months in prison without charge, Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah Elshamy is finally free. He began a hunger strike in January to protest his arrest and now calls on Egypt to release fellow journalists, including fellow Al Jazeera reports Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy who are charged with assisting a banned association and reporting false news.
Rights of Homosexuals in India
Human Rights Group Urging Probe into Lahore killings
The Human Rights Watch is urging the Pakistani government to investigate a police shooting at protestors in Lahore, which resulted in the death of eight people and the injury of many others. The government claims that the use of deadly force was justified as shots were allegedly fired from the protesters’ camp injuring several police officers.
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