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Death Sentences in the Delhi Gang Rape Case: Brutality as Trumps

Amartya Kanjilal and Poornima Rajeshwar 29th May 2017

On 16th December 2012, a particularly disturbing case of gangrape and murder in New Delhi (‘the Delhi gangrape case’) set off massive nationwide protests.  Widespread discussions on sexual violence in India led to significant criminal law amendments, including, the introduction of death penalty for the repeat offence of rape and also for rape resulting in […]

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Taking Some Human Rights Back: The Case of Ildar Dadin

Dimitriy Mednikov 22nd May 2017

Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees a right of peaceful assembly, has recently clashed with the Russian Criminal Code which, as of 2014, has criminalised repeated participation in unauthorised demonstrations. When the first person in Russia was prosecuted under the new law, a handful of attorneys and NGO lawyers challenged the Russian Government […]

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Donald Trump is President: What are the Implications for the Death Penalty?

Alice Storey 21st January 2017

Prior to the election of Donald Trump, death penalty abolitionists were quietly confident that capital punishment was nearing its inevitable end in the United States. The number of executions has been falling year-on-year; in 2015 the US executed 28 people, a relatively low number when compared with the 60 executions which took place in 2005. […]

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Al Mahdi convicted of crimes against culture

Elizabeth King 2nd December 2016

In the first case to prosecute crimes against culture as war crimes, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Mr Al Mahdi — a member of Ansar Dine — guilty of the war crime of intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu in 2012. This case represents the recognition […]

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