Tag Archives: death penalty

Seizing the momentum

  Hakamada Iwao spent 46 years on death row before his release in March. For Wakabayashi Hideki, Director of Amnesty International Japan, it was an incredible moment, but the fight isn’t over yet. Wakabayashi Hideki remembers the exact moment when … Continue reading

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Executions in Belarus – more of the same?

Belarus resumed executions in 2014. It’s time to increase the pressure on the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty, writes Amnesty International’s Jan Wetzel. Earlier this year, Amnesty reported that Belarus had not executed anyone in … Continue reading

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Egypt’s judicial system spiraling out of control

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. Egypt’s criminal justice system was in the spotlight again after a court agreed to hand down the largest number of death sentences in modern memory. But this was not the work of a … Continue reading

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‘There is no justice in this country anymore’ – Egypt’s mass death sentences

By Mohamed ElMessiry, Egypt Researcher at Amnesty International, who attended the sentencing hearing in El Minya “Welcome to the village of death penalties”, lawyer Ahmed Shabeeb told me as I arrived in the village of Mattay earlier this week. I … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern nations at forefront of disturbing spike in executions

By Sara Hashash, Middle East and North Africa media officer at Amnesty International It sounds like a scene from a grisly horror film; five decapitated bodies swinging from a horizontal pole suspended over the main square in the city of … Continue reading

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