The Advocates & Partners Leverage the UN System to Ensure African States Don’t Flout a Seminal African Court Judgment Striking Down Mandatory Death Penalty Laws

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It has been more than a year since the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) delivered a judgment upholding the right to life of five Tanzanian nationals who had been arbitrarily sentenced to death, but the Tanzanian Government has yet to give effect to the decision. In 2011, Ally Rajabu and … Continue reading The Advocates & Partners Leverage the UN System to Ensure African States Don’t Flout a Seminal African Court Judgment Striking Down Mandatory Death Penalty Laws

Biennial Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty: Research Discredits Claims That the Death Penalty Deters Crime

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In advance of the Biennial High-level Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty during the upcoming 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, The Advocates and partners submitted a joint written statement refuting the idea that the death penalty deters crime. The panel discussion at the United Nations, which takes place tomorrow (February 23, 2021) aims to expose human rights … Continue reading Biennial Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty: Research Discredits Claims That the Death Penalty Deters Crime

The Advocates condemns the outgoing administration’s killing spree

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In the early morning hours of January 13, 2021, the United States government violated its international obligations in taking the life of Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery was convicted of a terrible crime. But her conviction came after a trial in which the judge and jury were not given the full story of the horrific childhood abuse, … Continue reading The Advocates condemns the outgoing administration’s killing spree

Citing human rights concerns, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights calls on the United States to stay the executions of two women

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In December 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued resolutions urging the United States Government to stay the unjust executions of two American women. For Lisa Montgomery, whose execution is set for January 12, 2021, this order comes at a time of desperate need. In Article 91/2020, the IACHR outlines the horrific and prolonged torture and trauma Ms. Montgomery suffered since the age of 11, which led to the development of multiple psycho-social disabilities. International standards … Continue reading Citing human rights concerns, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights calls on the United States to stay the executions of two women

Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women

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16 Days of Activism - November 25 through Human Rights Day, December 10 This October, a wave of protests and rallies spread across Bangladesh following several high-profile sexual assaults. In response, Bangladesh amended the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act to allow the death penalty for rape. This response from the government does not protect women victims of sexual assault, but rather deters them … Continue reading Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women

Supreme Court’s Ramos Decision Brings Attention to the Relevance of International Human Rights Standards in Death Penalty Cases

U.S. Supreme Court (image courtesy Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down provisions in Oregon and Louisiana law that allow a jury to convict someone of a crime without reaching a unanimous verdict. Ramos v. Louisiana brings attention to the importance of aligning death penalty practices in the United States with international human rights standards. The … Continue reading Supreme Court’s Ramos Decision Brings Attention to the Relevance of International Human Rights Standards in Death Penalty Cases