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
Today marks the formal end of the U.S. government's second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. But on many important issues, it's really just the beginning of many years of work to implement the United States' human rights obligations. During the interactive dialogue part of the … Continue reading Pledges & Punts at the UN: The U.S. Government Responds to UPR Recommendations
Oklahoma botched last night’s execution of Clayton Lockett by using a new, untested lethal injection protocol. While execution officials had pronounced Lockett unconscious, he was awake minutes later, writhing and breathing heavily. In apparent pain, he fought the restraints that locked him to the gurney. As he continued to twitch and call out “Man” and … Continue reading Another Botched Execution
http://youtu.be/cHNp6wvzOV0 Video excerpting questions about the administration of the death penalty in the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as well as the responses from the United States delegation. The United Nations Human Rights Committee took an important step last week in holding the United States accountable for its human rights record, … Continue reading Lives on the Line: Will Supreme Court Hold U.S. Accountable for the Death Penalty?