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Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on the Death Penalty Worldwide in 2020

Amnesty International recently released its annual Global Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2020, which updates key figures on the use of capital punishment worldwide. Overall, executions and death sentences dropped significantly worldwide in 2020. The United States continued to be the only Western country to carry out executions. While COVID-19 created notable obstacles for executions, […]

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Amnesty International Releases Annual Global Report on the Death Penalty

Earlier this month, Amnesty International published its annual report, Death Sentences and Executions 2017. The report details the 39% decrease in the use of the death penalty worldwide since 2015 and highlights nations which continue to violate international law. At least 993 executions in 23 countries were carried out in 2017.  China excluded, Iran, Saudi Arabia, […]

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Accepts Petition from Robert Garza

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has accepted a petition alleging serious human rights issues in the case of Texas death row inmate Robert Garza.  Mr. Garza is scheduled to be executed on September 19, 2013; he was convicted of the September 4, 2002 murders of María de la Luz Bazaldúa Cobarrubias, Danitzene Lizeth Vázquez Beltrán, […]

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial on Leal Execution; Other Media Coverage

Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram features an editorial on last week’s execution of Humberto Leal and the implications for the rule of law (“U.S. treaty promises must mean what they say,” July 14, 2011).  The editorial notes that “Though his case is over, that shouldn’t remove the urgency of Congress approving legislation to make clear that […]

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Profile On Soon To Be Executed Texas Death Row Inmate, Linda Carty

Bianca Jagger, an international human right’s activist, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, and the founder and chair of the Biana Jagger Human Rights Foundation, wrote a death row profile in the April 27, 2010 issue of the Huffington Post titled “A Case for the Supreme Court’”. The article highlights the case of Texas death row […]