Rights groups are sounding the alarm over a 25 percent surge in executions in Iran. Despite growing public opposition, the Islamic Republic has long been a leading executioner. We talked to Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director of the NGO Iran Human Right.
In Singapore, the fate of two Malaysian men on death row has sparked local mobilisation and attracted international attention. On April 25th, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam was hanged. With an IQ of 69, which is recognized as a disability, his execution could amount to a breach of international law. The next day, 36-year-old Datchinamurthy Kataiah won a last minute reprieve from Singapore's top court, thereby suspending his execution. We talk to journalist and anti-death penalty activist Kirsten Han.
13 Oct 2021
Sierra Leone's President, Julius Maada Bio, announces the abolition of the death penalty during a ceremony in Freetown after lawmakers approved the bill to abolish the capital punishment in July. Sierra Leone, which is still recovering after decades of civil war, had frequently come under fire from rights groups for keeping capital punishment on the books. Ninety-four people were living under a death sentence at the end of 2020, according to deputy minister of justice Umaru Napoleon Koroma.
26 Jul 2021
Sierra Leone's president said he would sign the abolition of capital punishment, fulfilling a personal campaign pledge. Some 99 people in the country are currently sitting on death row.
26 Feb 2021
Lawmakers in Virginia have voted to abolish the death penalty. The move marks the end of a long history of capital punishment in the state. Virginia currently has the highest number of executions in the United States. We take a closer look with FRANCE 24's Valérie Dekimpe.
20 Nov 2020
Botswana has seen a steep rise in executions since President Mokgweetsi Masisi took office just over a year ago. Human rights groups are calling on the nation to ban capital punishment.
25 Oct 2020
Bangladesh's decision to introduce the death penalty for rape has been criticized by international rights groups. Critics say capital punishment is not the solution to the problem of sexual violence in the country.
24 Oct 2020
After a series of sexual assault and murder cases in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, politicians are responding to calls to overturn a moratorium on the death penalty. But experts say that will be hard — and won't work.
14 Oct 2019
Ugandan lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that could impose the death penalty for gay sex acts. The proposed bill will also criminalize the "promotion and recruitment" of homosexuality.
5 Jul 2019
Taraba state government has signed a death penalty for anyone convicted Kidnapping in the state. He signed the bill today at the governor's office in Jalingo. The governor said the law will help sanitize the state.
24 Feb 2018
Around a thousand Philippine Catholics in Manila marched in protest of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs and his efforts to reinstate the death penalty.
1 Feb 2017
Ambode Signs Death Penalty For Kidnappers In Lagos.