Death Penalty Moratorium Brings California Closer to International Human Rights Norms

In March 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s moratorium on the death penalty. His executive order gave the more than 700 inmates on death row reprieve from future execution (although they are still under sentence of death), closed the execution chamber in San Quentin Prison, and withdrew California’s lethal injection protocol. Governor Newsom’s order … Continue reading Death Penalty Moratorium Brings California Closer to International Human Rights Norms

The Advocates’ lobbying against the death penalty packs a big punch at the Universal Periodic Review of Japan

Japan is one out of the fifty eight countries (including the United States) where the death penalty is still legal and actively carried out. In Japan, crimes punishable by execution include murder, terrorism, arson, and treason. Based on reports from the Japan Innocence & Death Penalty Information Center, 106 people have been executed since 1993, … Continue reading The Advocates’ lobbying against the death penalty packs a big punch at the Universal Periodic Review of Japan

Death Penalty Under Scrutiny: Is State-Sanctioned Murder Constitutional?

On Monday, October 10, the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty will raise awareness of the application of the death penalty for terrorism-related offenses with the goal of reducing the use of the death penalty. The United States and 64 other countries allow people to be sentenced to death for terrorism-related offenses. The Advocates … Continue reading Death Penalty Under Scrutiny: Is State-Sanctioned Murder Constitutional?

Human rights defender in Iran starts hunger strike, demanding the right to call her children

Narges Mohammadi, vice chair of Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) in Iran and currently imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison, started a hunger strike on June 27, 2016. The date coincides with the 21st day of the month of Ramadan. Ms Mohammadi has written an emotional letter explaining her decision, the DHRC website reported. In … Continue reading Human rights defender in Iran starts hunger strike, demanding the right to call her children

Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in a 6-3 opinion that states must retroactively apply the ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles. The ruling comes from the case of 69-year-old Henry Montgomery, imprisoned since he was 17 for a crime he committed in 1963. When Montgomery was sentenced at age 17, life without … Continue reading Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

The Death Penalty Doesn’t Stop Drug Crimes

On September 28, 2015, the UN Human Rights Council hosted a three-hour panel discussion on "The Impact of the World Drug Problem on Human Rights." One of the panelists was Mr. Aldo Lale of the UN Office on Drug Control. The Advocates for Human Rights and several of its partner organizations prepared the following oral … Continue reading The Death Penalty Doesn’t Stop Drug Crimes