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This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

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How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

U.N. Rapporteurs Call on U.S. Government to Halt Doyle Hamm’s Execution

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Planned US execution of seriously ill Doyle Hamm may amount to torture, UN experts warn
Press Release: United Nations Human Rights Commissioner
GENEVA (16 February 2018) – Two UN human rights experts have called on the US Government to halt the execution of a seriously ill man amid concerns that the use of a lethal injection could amount to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, and possibly torture.
The Special Rapporteurs also expressed concern that Doyle Hamm, who is due be executed in Alabama on 22 February, may not have received a fair trial. Mr. Hamm was convicted of robbery and murder in 1987 and has been on death row for more than three decades.
The execution is due to go ahead even though Mr. Hamm has cancer and medical professionals have previously had difficulty accessing his veins.
“We are seriously concerned that attempts to insert needles into Mr. Hamm’s veins to carry out the lethal injection would inflict pain and suffering that may amount to torture,” sa…

Iraq to deport suspected French jihadist who served sentence

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An Iraqi court ordered the release and deportation of a suspected French jihadist sentenced Monday to seven months in prison for entering the country illegally, saying she had already served her time.
Melina Boughedir, 27, was arrested last summer in former Islamic State group stronghold Mosul with her four children, three of whom have been repatriated to France.
Wearing a black dress and purple headscarf, she entered the courtroom holding her other child, a boy with blond hair.
Speaking in Arabic, she said that she had been a housewife in Mosul.
"I entered Syria with my French passport but Daesh (IS) took it from me. I stayed in Syria for four days and then came to Mosul with my husband and four children".
She said that her French husband Maximilien, whom she said had been a cook for IS, was killed as Iraqi forces battled to oust the jihadist group from Mosul, which was recaptured last July.
Asked her if she regretted what she did, she replied: "Yes".
Iraq in Dec…

EU Delegation condemns Botswana on capital punishment

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The European Union (EU) has added its voice to growing chorus by human rights activists condemning capital punishment following the execution of double murder convict, Joseph Tselayarona, last weekend.
Following the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Ngwanyanaotsile Keikanne and her 3-year-old son Miguel in 2010, Tselayarona was convicted by a Gaborone High Court in March last year for the offences.
He was sentenced to a 20-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend and handed a death penalty for the murder of the son.
He later appealed the judgement but it was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on November 23rd last year.
Tselayarona’s execution at Gaborone Central Prison on Saturday morning reignited the debate on capital punishment as activists took to social media criticizing government for its stance on capital punishment.
Botswana government has always maintained its position on the death penalty and no death row inmate has ever received any presidential clemency in the country…

Rajasthan mulls death penalty for child rapists

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Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], Feb 20 (ANI): The Rajasthan government will soon table a bill in the state assembly seeking death penalty for those convicted of raping minors.
Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria told ANI that his government similar to that of Madhya Pradesh is mulling to bring a law under which, those convicted of raping minors will be executed.
"We are working on bringing a law similar to that has been made in Madhya Pradesh which awards death for the rape of children aged 12 or below. It will be tabled in the assembly when it is ready," he said.
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on December 4 last year, unanimously passed 'The Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill-2017' to award death sentence to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below.
As per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) 2016 report, cases of crime against children have become rampant in Rajasthan in the recent past.
The BJP-ruled state recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which…

Pakistani serial killer appeals to HC against death sentence

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LAHORE: A serial killer in Pakistan, who was sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, on Tuesday challenged his conviction in the Lahore High Court alleging that his trial was conducted in "haste" without fulfilling legal requirements.
In the first ever trial in the country's history that concluded in shortest period of four days, an anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced to death 23-year-old Imran Ali on four grounds -- murdering a child, kidnapping a child, rape of a minor, and committing an unnatural act with a minor.
In his appeal, he declared that he is "not guilty".
He said the trial was conducted in "haste and legal requirements were not fulfilled" during the trial. 
He appealed to the high court to overturn the ATC's verdict.
Besides death penalty, Imran was also sentenced to seven years in jail with a fine of Rs 1 million for desecrating the body of a minor.
He was arrested in January, two weeks aft…

Pakistan's growing obsession for public executions

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Lawyers, government officials, lawmakers and parents of the victim by and large demand public execution for the convict Imran Ali in rape and murder case of 7-year-old Zainab. But isn't it enough to hand over 4 separate death sentences for conviction in kidnapping, rape, murder and terrorism charges?
From the grieving mother of Zainab to Senate, there is a rising consent to publicly execute the convict. The national narrative in mainstream media too suggests it is the only way to stop crimes of child abuse.
Pakistan had lifted a 7-year moratorium on capital punishments after the tragic terrorist attack on a Peshawar school that claimed the lives of 132 children. Executions were resumed for all death penalty offences, not for terror convicts alone.
The call for public hangings, introduced by Gen Ziaul Haq, is primarily raised to make it serve as deterrence for future crimes. But research tells otherwise. In 2016 study titled "The Fall of Capital Punishment and the Rise of Pri…

The US Is Set to Execute Three People in a Single Day. One Has Terminal Cancer.

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After its 1996 high, when 315 people were executed in the United States, the death penalty has been steadily on the decline. Just 23 people were executed last year in 8 states—the second fewest executions in the last 25 years. And while 31 states have the death penalty on the books, only a handful actually carries them out. 
There are several reasons for this, but one of them is that capital punishment has been rapidly falling out of favor with prosecutors—last year also had the second fewest new death sentences since 1976. So it’s remarkable that this month, three people are scheduled to die in a single day.

The last time this happened in the US was April 28, 1999, when Texas, Missouri, and Virginia each put a man to death. But barring any intervention from the courts, February 22 could tie that record with executions scheduled in Florida, Alabama, and Texas.
The first person scheduled to die is Florida inmate, Eric Branch, whose execution is set to begin at 6:00 pm. He’s been on de…

Iraq: German schoolgirl, 17, turned jihadi bride escapes death penalty and is jailed for six years

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GERMAN Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel has been jailed for six years in Baghdad for her role as an Islamic enforcer with terror group ISIS. Wenzel, 17, who last year sobbed on TV “I have ruined my life,” could have faced the death penalty.
German media reported that a German embassy representative in Iraq was in court yesterday to witness her sentencing.
She received five years for joining IS and one year for entering Iraq illegally.
Wenzel was found in the rubble of IS stronghold Mosul back in the summer of 2017.
Charges were laid against her and three other German women captured with her.
Schoolgirl Wenzel fled to Turkey then into Syria last year from her hometown of Pulsnitz in eastern Germany after being groomed online by a Chechen IS fighter who she married.
He was killed in the savage fighting for Mosul while she was employed by the terror group enforcing the strict Islamic dress code on women in the city.
She burst into tears after her capture and said she just wanted to come home.

Myanmar: Death sought for child rapists

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More than a thousand residents of Madaya township in Mandalay joined a protest march on February 17 demanding the death penalty for child rape.
The protest followed the rape and murder of a 2-1/2-year-old child last week in Madaya in which a man has been charged.
The protesters, numbering some 1500, marched from Dingar Creek at the town entrance to Mogoke road and onto a public forum shouting slogans, demanding a mandatory death penalty for child rapists. At the same time they sought to bring attention to the rising incidence of rape in the country.  
“We are calling for more stringent penalties for criminals who rape children to prevent such cases from recurring. Our main objective is to eradicate child rape and punish offenders with the death penalty,” one protest leader, Daw Myint Myint Zaw, said.
The protesters signed a petition that they would submit to parliament.
“We as parents are shocked and frightened every time we hear such news, even if the victim is somebody else’s child…

Japan: Death penalty sought for Peruvian man charged with string of six slayings in Saitama

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SAITAMA – Prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for a 32-year-old Peruvian man accused of killing six people, including two girls, after breaking into their suburban homes north of Tokyo in 2015.
Lawyers defending Vayron Jonathan Nakada Ludena at the Saitama District Court argue he is not mentally fit to stand trial.
Nakada Ludena broke into three homes in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, in September 2015 to steal money and valuable items and killed the occupants, according to the indictment.
The victims were Minoru Tasaki, 55, his wife, Misae, 53, Kazuyo Shiraishi, 84, and 41-year-old Miwako Kato and her two daughters, 10-year-old Misaki and 7-year-old Haruka.
Nakada Ludena was arrested on Oct. 8 the same year in connection with the deaths of the Tasakis, after being hospitalized following his plunge from a second-floor window at Kato’s home on Sept. 16. Police subsequently served him with further arrest warrants related to the other victims.
Prosecutors said his actions we…