Death Penalty

Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), thereby taking an important first step towards addressing and removing the stigma...
Tanzania’s Colonial Relic: A Thread of Capital Punishment

Tanzania’s Colonial Relic: A Thread of Capital Punishment

The death penalty (capital punishment) is abolished in many African countries and applied under exceptional circumstances in 16 of the 30 African countries where it is retained. However, Tanzania still...
Another Failed Execution: The United States’ Strained Relationship with the Right to Life

Another Failed Execution: The United States’ Strained Relationship with the Right to Life

At 73 years of age, Thomas Creech is Idaho’s longest-serving death row inmate. He entered prison in 1974 and was slated to face execution on 28 February this year. As...
Alabama’s Manifest Injustice and the Inhumanity of Execution by Nitrogen Gas Inhalation

Alabama’s Manifest Injustice and the Inhumanity of Execution by Nitrogen Gas Inhalation

On 25 January Alabama intends to be the first US state to use nitrogen gas inhalation as an execution method. Despite a manifestly unjust trial, the presence of convincing science...
LGBTQIA+ Rights under siege: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023

LGBTQIA+ Rights under siege: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023

On May 26 2023, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law one of the globe’s harshest anti-LGBTQ bills, criminalising same-sex activities, including the possibility of the death penalty for those...
Zambia’s Human Rights Project is Political

Zambia’s Human Rights Project is Political

Zambia’s death penalty can be traced back to the colonial era, with the administration led by former president Frederick Chiluba (1991-2002) being the last post-independence government to sign an execution...
The Death Penalty and its Arbitrary Use to Punish LGBTIQ Persons

The Death Penalty and its Arbitrary Use to Punish LGBTIQ Persons

Image Description: In the photograph, there are many hangman’s nooses/knots in a room. Through one of these nooses, one can observe an empty chair. This photograph is clicked by Vusala...
Shinn v Martinez Ramirez: Making a Mockery of the Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel

Shinn v Martinez Ramirez: Making a Mockery of the Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel

Image description: Lawyer addresses jury in a US courtroom. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that federal courts cannot consider evidence of ineffective trial lawyering if...
Maitreyi Misra on Deathworthy

Maitreyi Misra on Deathworthy

The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project studied two sets of data to examine the criminal justice system through excise policing under the Madhya Pradesh Excise Act, 1915 (‘the Act’)....
The Lens of Reformation in Death Penalty Cases: A Complex Enquiry

The Lens of Reformation in Death Penalty Cases: A Complex Enquiry

As per the guidelines laid down by the Indian Supreme Court in Bachan Singh v. The State of Punjab and subsequent cases, the idea of reformation of the offender is...
Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

On 10 February, 2021, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) delivered its landmark judgement in Safia Bano v. Home Department (along with 2 consolidated cases). This...

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