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UAE - PHILIPPINES
Blasphemy: three Filipinos in jail in Sharjah, and one Turk faces death in Gedda
The three are accused, in the Emirates, of having ripped a page out of the Qur'an, according to an employee of the company that has fired them. In Saudi Arabia, the appeal process has opened for a barber condemned to death for blasphemy.
11/10/2017 08:58:00 UN - ASIA
U.N. Chief says death penalty has 'no place in 21st century’
He urged member states that still carry out executions to join the 170 countries that have halted or abolished the practice. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq responsible for 87 per cent of all recorded executions. In 2016, executions worldwide were down 37 per cent from 2015. The risk of a miscarriage of justice is an "unacceptably high price" to pay.
Last appeal rejected for three condemned in Bali bombing
The Indonesian constitutional court has upheld their execution by firing squad. A request from lawyers of one of the three, Amrozi bin H. Nurhasyim, has been rejected. The Tim Pengacara Muslim was asking for execution by decapitation, respectful of Islamic law and without excessive suffering.
Filipino Catholics oppose return of the death penalty
Capital punishment was abolished in 2006. For the secretary of the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, other means are available to prevent crimes and uphold the law, which is often broken because of the country’s high level of corruption and impunity.
Bishops: Capital punishment is government's thirst for death
Beijing chooses lethal injection for death penalty : “its more humane”
The country has no intention of abolishing the use of capital punishment. According to leading Party figures, there are at least 10 thousand executions per year. And a florid trade in the organs of the condemned.
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