Africa World 

US government orders first federal executions since 2003

The US federal government is to resume executing death-row inmates after a 16-year hiatus, the justice department has announced. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement he had directed the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to schedule the executions of five inmates. Mr Barr said the five had been convicted of murders or rapes of children or the elderly. The executions have been scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020. “Under administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals,” Mr Barr…

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Human Rights OP-ED 

Death Penalty: World’s biggest executioner China must come clean about ‘grotesque’ level of capital punishment

  1,032 executions worldwide in 2016, down 37% from 2015 (1,634) ·         Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan join China as world’s top five executioners ·         USA not among top five for first time since 2006, with lowest number of executions since 1991 ·         Botswana is one of just four countries in the world to resume executions in 2016; along with Nigeria, the State of Palestine and Belarus ·         Deprose Muchena, Southern Africa director warns “Botswana’s step backward must not be replicated elsewhere in the region.” China’s horrifying use of…

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