Posts Tagged ‘Todesstrafe’

Palästina: 23jährigem droht Todesstrafe

Dienstag, Oktober 11th, 2011

“PCHR Calls upon the Palestinian President Not to Ratify the Death Sentence Issued by the Jenin Military Court

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 00:00
Ref: 102/2011

On Monday 10 October 2011, the Permanent Military Court in Jenin in the northern West Bank sentenced Waheed ‘Atta Yaseen, 23, to death by firing squad. Yaseen is from Deir Abu Da’if, a village east of Jenin, and is a member of the Palestinian Presidential Guard. The Court’s Judges, Lieutenant Colonel Tawfiq Abu Nasser as Chairperson and Majors Rami Taqqaq and ‘Allam Dalbah, convicted Yaseen of murder in accordance with the Palestinian Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979.

The court issued the sentence against Yaseen in his presence. The sentence can be appealed and is subject to the ratification by the Palestinian President. Yaseen was convicted of the murder of Mahmoud Sami Hassoun, 45, from Jenin, who had a pawn shop for jewelry in the center of Jenin, until he was killed on 20 March 2011.

According to Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) documentation, this sentence is the sixth of its kind in 2011; two of which were issued in the West Bank and four in the Gaza Strip. Thus, the total number of death sentences issued by the Palestinian Authority has mounted to 118 sentences since 1994, of which 25 were issued in the West Bank and 93 in the Gaza Strip. Among those issued in the Gaza Strip, 32 sentences were issued since 2007.

It should be noted that the 1979 Revolutionary Penal Code of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is unconstitutional when implemented by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), as it has not been presented to, nor approved by the legislature. Since 1995, PCHR has also repeatedly called for its abolition as it violates international standards of a fair trial.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued application of the death penalty in PNA controlled areas, and:

    1. Calls for an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment because it violates international human rights standards and instruments, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), and the UN Convention against Torture (1984).

    2. Calls upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to ratify such cruel and inhuman punishment.

    3. Calls for an end to such implementation of the PLO Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979 because it is unconstitutional.

    4. Calls for reviewing all legislations related to the death penalty, especially Law No. 74 (1936) which remains in effect in the Gaza Strip, and the Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 (1960) that is in effect in the West Bank, and enacting a unified penal code that is in line with the spirit of international human rights instruments, especially those pertaining to the abolition of the death penalty.

    5. Points out that the call for the abolition of the death penalty does not reflect a tolerance for those convicted of serious crimes, but rather a call for utilizing deterrent penalties that maintain our humanity.”

 

(Quelle: PCHR.)

Update (13.11.2011)

Military Court in Gaza Issues Three New Death Sentences

USA: Keine Todesstrafe für Troy Davis! (KAMPAGNE)

Dienstag, Mai 17th, 2011

“Oppose the Death Penalty for Troy Davis

Troy Davis has faced execution three times for a crime he may not have committed. In an unprecedented evidentiary hearing held in a federal district court in Savannah, Georgia in June, 2010, he was able to present evidence supporting his innocence claim. However, the standard for proving his innocence was “extraordinarily high”, especially given the lack of physical and scientific evidence in his case. The federal judge ruled that he did not meet the high standard, despite the fact that doubts about his guilt remain unresolved. It is more important than ever that we continue to let Georgia authorities know that we oppose any effort to execute Troy Davis. Sign the petition today!”

 

(Quelle: amnesty international.)

Bahrain: Hippokratischer Eid unbekannt?

Dienstag, Mai 3rd, 2011

“Bahrain charges medics for aiding protesters

Doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters to stand trial in military court

Physicians for Human Rights said at least 32 health care professionals have been detained under martial law
Several doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters during months of unrest in Bahrain have been charged with acts against the state and will be tried in a military court, the justice minister has said.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa, the justice minister, read the charges against the medical staff, which included ‘promoting efforts to bring down the government” and ‘harming the public by spreading false news.”

Al Khalifa also said that another 23 doctors and 24 nurses faced charges included participating in attempts to topple the Gulf island’s Sunni monarchy and taking part in illegal rallies.

The announcement is the latest in the Sunni rulers’ pursuit of Shia opposition supporters after weeks of street marches demanding greater freedoms, equal rights and an elected government in Bahrain.

Separately, two former parliament members of the country’s main Shia party Al Wefaq were arrested on Monday, according to a senior party leader, Abdul-Jalil Khalil.

‘Medical professionals targeted’

International rights groups say Bahrain is targeting medical professionals who treated injured demonstrators at the Salmaniya medical centre, which was later overrun by the military with doctors and patients saying soldiers and police had conducted interrogations and detentions inside the complex.

Physicians for Human Rights said in a report last month that at least 32 health care professionals have been detained since Bahrain declared martial law.

The report by the US-based group detailed attacks on physicians, medical staff and patients ‘with weapons, beatings and tear gas.”

Hundreds of protesters, opposition leaders, human rights activists and lawyers have been detained since emergency rule was imposed by Bahrain’s Sunni rulers on March 15.

At least 30 people have died since the protests began in mid February. Among the dead are also four opposition supporters who died in custody, including a blogger.

On Thursday, four anti-government protesters were convicted of killing two policemen during the protests and sentenced to death by a military court.

Three other demonstrators got life sentences.”

 

(Quelle: Al Jazeera.)

Gaza: Militärgericht verhängt Todesstrafe

Donnerstag, September 23rd, 2010

Gaza Military Court Sentences Palestinian Man to Death by Firing Squad

On Wednesday, 22 September 2010, the Permanent Military Court in Gaza sentenced Omar Hmeidan Kaware’, 28, from Khan Yunis, to death by firing squad after convicting him of collaboration with enemy parties.

The Court was convened by Judge Ayman Imad Addin, acting as a president, and judges Husam Shehada and Sami al-Ashram as members. They sentenced Kaware’ to death in accordance with Article 131(a) of the 1979 Palestinian Penal Law.

The number of death sentences issued by Palestinian courts during 2010 now stands at 5 sentences, all in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) notes that the 1979 Palestinian Penal Law is the Revolutionary Penal Code of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).  It is unconstitutional within the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) as it has not been presented to, nor approved by, the legislature.  PCHR has repeatedly called for its abolition as it violates international fair trial standards.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued application of the death penalty in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and:

1.          Emphasizes the right of the PNA to prosecute traitors and collaborators for their treason to their national cause, people and families, as they are an integral part of the Israeli occupation, but stresses the right of everyone to fair trial that ensures deterring punishment while maintaining his/her human dignity, and reiterates that its opposition to the death penalty is in principle professional and moral.

2.          Calls upon the PNA to announce an immediate moratorium on the use of capital punishment, which violates international human rights standards and instruments, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (1966), and the UN Convention against Torture (1984);

3.          Calls upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to ratify these cruel and inhumane sentences, and to prevent their implementation;

4.          Reiterates that abolishing the death penalty does not imply leniency towards dangerous criminals, who must be subjected to punishment that acts as a deterrent, but also maintains human dignity;

5.          Calls upon the PNA to stop the application of the PLO Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979 as it is unconstitutional; and

6.          Calls upon the PNA to review all legislation relative to the death penalty, especially Law No. 74 (1936) that remains in effect in the Gaza Strip, and the Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 (1960) that remains in effect in the West Bank, and to enact a unified penal code that conforms to the spirit of international human rights instruments, especially those pertaining to the abolition of the death penalty.

 

(Quelle: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.)

Uganda: US-Kirche unterstützt Homosexuellen-Hatz

Samstag, Juli 17th, 2010

“U.S. Church Lends Help To Anti-Gay Ugandan Pastor

by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY

Martin Ssempa, who pastors the evangelical Makerere Community Church in Kampala, has become the face of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality movement. He has organized anti-gay rallies. He preaches that many homosexuals are pedophiles who deserve severe punishment, and he wants to ensure that ‘sodomy and homosexuality never sees the light of legality in this land of the people of Africa.’

‘This is sick, and it is therefore deviant,’ he told a large church crowd. ‘We do not want it.’

He even shows hard-core gay pornography in churches and conferences — images that, critics say, whip up sentiment against gay men and lesbians.

‘Martin Ssempa makes no bones about going around to churches, to community centers, to different neighborhoods and saying things like gays and lesbians should be put in prison, they should be killed,’ says Michael Jones, a gay-rights activist in the U.S. who has been following Ssempa’s activities.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill — which criminalizes homosexual practice — is working its way through the legislature. President Yoweri Museveni has asked the authors to ‘soften’ the bill — but that hasn’t happened yet. Among other things, the bill imposes the death penalty for gay sex with a minor, or having sex with your gay partner if you are HIV-positive. Two consenting adults can get life in prison. A straight person who knows someone is gay, and doesn’t report it, could get prison time as well.

So why does Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas — a megachurch with some 6,000 congregants each week — financially support Ssempa?

Kevin Odor, the senior pastor there, says Ssempa has been ‘misrepresented.’

‘His heart is not to kill people,’ Odor says. ‘He is a pastor of the Gospel that believes in redemption and his heart is to redeem people.’

Odor says Canyon Ridge began supporting Ssempa’s huge campus ministry, which preaches abstinence to college students, in 2007. Odor says he does not ‘personally’ endorse the death penalty or life sentences for gay men and lesbians. Asked why he would support someone who does, he sighs.

‘We want to help the AIDS problem in Africa, and we found somebody who is making a difference,’ he says. ‘So we support him.’

Odor says in March — after Canyon Ridge leaders talked to Ssempa — the Ugandan minister reversed himself and now says he favors removing the death penalty from the bill, though he still wants to criminalize homosexuality. As recently as February, Ssempa told a television interviewer: ‘If you do not want the death penalty for pedophiles, what punishment do you want otherwise?’

Ssempa’s turnaround satisfied Odor, and he sees no reason to condemn the minister. Nor does he think he should denounce the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

‘Why do we, as a church in America, need to say something about a bill in Uganda?’ he asks.

‘They’re engaging in Ugandan politics whether they like it or not,’ says Jones, the gay-rights activist. ‘Calling Martin Ssempa, who is one of the foremost religious and political figures in Uganda, a strategic partner is automatically engaging in Ugandan politics. There’s just no way around that.’

Odor says his church has ‘a heart’ for homosexuals. He notes that Canyon Ridge participates every year in a march for people with AIDS, and for the past two years the church opened its campus for HIV Testing Day.

‘We love everybody, including people with AIDS,’ he says. ‘There are two things: how you got AIDS and that you have AIDS. That you have AIDS is a matter of compassion. The church should be compassionate for people with AIDS.’

Warren Throckmorton, a professor at the evangelical Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., says Odor is trying to have it both ways.

‘What we have here is a church that wants to be viewed as moderate and outreach-minded and compassionate, and yet they’re supporting a set of values and principles elsewhere that are very harsh and deadly, frankly, to the very community you say you want to reach,’ he says. ‘If you preach compassion here, you have to support compassion elsewhere.’

On Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District severed its ties with the church, saying it was ‘profoundly concerned’ about the relationship with Ssempa. For his part, Odor says the church is only trying to help people with AIDS — and because of that, he says, ‘we are being crucified.'”

 

(Quelle: NPR.)

Iran: Das Leben von Zeynab Jalalian ist in Gefahr!

Dienstag, Juni 29th, 2010

Urgent Alert: Zeynab Jalalian in Danger of Execution

June 28, 2010

Change for Equality reports that Zeynab Jalalian, whose death sentence for “Enmity against God” was confirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court in November 2009, is now at risk of imminent execution. The exact date and time of the execution has not been released, but her sentence has been submitted for implementation and may take place in a matter of hours or days. This news comes from her attorney, whose efforts to represent Jalalian were rejected by the courts.

Jalalian, a member of the Kurdish minority, is from Maku, a town in the northwest of Iran. She was sentenced to death in January 2009 by the Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. Before that, she had spent eight months in a Ministry of Intelligence detention facility, during which her family had no information concerning her fate. She is reported not to have been granted access to a lawyer during her trial, which she said lasted only a few minutes. Zeynab Jalalian’s death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on November 26, 2009. In early March 2010, Jalalian was moved from Kermanshah Prison to an unknown location, possibly a detention facility of the Ministry of Intelligence. After several weeks, in late March 2010, she was transferred to Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. Her case has been submitted to officials who are now awaiting final authorization to carry out her execution.

WLP joins Change for Equality in calling for the Iranian government to halt the execution of Zeynab Jalalian. Please write to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urging immediate action:

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Ms. Navanethem Pillay
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

General inquiries:
Email: infodesk@ohchr.org
Tel: +41-22-917-92-20
Fax: +41-22-917-9008 or +1-212-963-4097

Civil Society Unit:
Email: civilsocietyunit@ohchr.org
Tel: +41-22-917-9656

 

(Quelle: Women’s Learning Partnership.)