November 2013 Newsletter, N.8
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

5th execution in Indonesia since March 2013

Muhammad Abdul Hafeez, a 44 year-old Pakistani national, was executed on 17 November 2013. His execution by firing squad reportedly took place in secret. He was sentenced to death in November 2001, after being arrested in June the same year, for attempting to smuggle heroin into Indonesia.

After a four-year hiatus, Indonesia resumed executions in March 2013. Muhammad Abdul Hafeez is the fifth person to be executed this year.

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152 individuals sentenced to death in Bangladesh

ICDP condemns the 152 death sentences handed down on 5 November 2013 following a mass trial in Dhaka.

The mass trial involved 847 defendants who were members of the Bangladesh Rifles (now known as the Bangladesh Border Guards) for their alleged role in a mutiny on 25 and 26 February 2009. In addition to the 152 death sentences, 161 were sentenced to prison terms including life imprisonment.

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The President of ICDP, Mr Federico Mayor, participates in the international conference of Ministers of Justice in Rome, 29-30 November 2013

The President of the ICDP, Mr Federico Mayor, is participating in the opening session of the international conference of Ministers of Justice "A World without the Death Penalty - No Justice without Life" organised by the NGO Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome. President Mayor will be speaking about international strategies to achieve global abolition of the death penalty and the contribution of ICDP. He will also highlight the important role that Ministers of Justice can play in ending the use of capital punishment. On 30 November, the closing session will feature the lighting of Coliseum to commemorate the international day "Cities for life, cities against the Death Penalty".

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ICDP will hold its 8th Meeting

ICDP will hold the 8th Meeting of its Commissioners in Brussels on 2 and 3 of December 2013. During the Meeting, the Commissioners will consider a program of activites and will identify a road map for the next three years.
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