Posts Tagged ‘Capital Punishment’

Asia Bibi acquitted from death sentence

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman condemned to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, has had her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. She has now been released from jail. Observers who’ve watched the Bibi’s story unfold over the past eight years say the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to acquit the mother of five of Read more

Malaysia sets example – abandons death penalty

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Malaysia has decided to abandon the death penalty. The Asian country’s decision is winning praise and adds further momentum to a growing global trend that human rights advocates hope will spell an end to state-sanctioned killing. Read more Related Posts:Pro-life’s new flag’s future as a universal symbolEight-year-old becomes youngest person charged with…Colombian clinic reverses decision Read more

PNG Catholic bishops strongly oppose death penalty

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands strongly oppose the use of the death penalty. In a new Pastoral Letter on the issue of the death penalty the bishops say capital punishment has “no place in a Christian country, where true justice and mercy should prevail.” The bishops say where executions Read more

Scholarships to honour executed Bali duo

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Australian Catholic University will create two scholarships named after executed drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for Indonesian students to study in Australia. The scholarships will provide full tuition fees to the student’s chosen course over four years and be awarded to those who write an essay based on the theme of “the sanctity Read more

Bali 9: mentally ill man did not realise he was about to be executed

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

An Irish missionary in Indonesia says Brazilian Roderigo Gularte seemingly did not realise that he was going to be executed. Gularte suffered from schizophrenia and he also had a bipolar disorder. “I was joking with him, saying that ‘I am 72; I will be up there with you soon enough,” said Father Charles Burrows. He Read more

Ribat hopes executions in Indonesia make PNG reconsider

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The Catholic archbishop of Port Moresby, John Ribat, says this week’s executions in Indonesia underline why Papua New Guinea should not go ahead with reactivating the death penalty. In an interview on Radio Australia he said that he hoped that the circumstances surrounding the executions in Indonesia will bring “more light to our into our Read more

Jakarta’s Archbishop speaks out against death penalty

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Archbishop of Jakarta, Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, has expressed his concern over Indonesia’s use of the death penalty. He has also criticised the way two Australian detainees Andrew Chan and Myuran Shaveukumaran have been treated. Following Easter Sunday mass, in Jakarta, Archbishop Ignatius told reporters the church was strictly against the use of the death Read more

Indonesia refused last rites to executed man

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Indonesian authorities executed a Brazilian man in January without allowing a priest to give the last rites as he waited for the firing squad. Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira was executed on January 18, the last of five drug felons shot by firing squads on Nusakambangan, Indonesia’s execution island. The horrific last minutes of  Moreira’s life were Read more

Pope calls for abolition of life imprisonment

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pope Francis has called for the abolition of life imprisonment, saying that it is another, hidden, form of the death penalty. At a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law last week, the Pope denounced what he called “penal populism”. This promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing Read more

Kiribati: Churches oppose death penalty

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Bishop Paul Mea says his church will not support introducing the death penalty. He says there are other measures that can be taken to try to reduce violence in the community. The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the bill and leaders are supposed to hold consultations with their electorate before the second Read more