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May 2014 Newsletter, N.14
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese national, sentenced to death for apostasy

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese national, 27, was sentenced to death on charges of apostasy by a court in Khartoum, Sudan.
According to Ms Ibrahim, she was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.
Following her refusal to recant her Christian faith, a judge of the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif Khartoum, confirmed the death sentence by hanging on Meriam Yehya Ibrahim on 15 May. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes by the same court after being convicted of the charge of adultery.

On 27 May, she gave birth to a daughter in prison. According to reports, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is shackled 24 hours a day and does not receive proper medical treatment.

Please read our statement here.

Second execution in Belarus in 2014

Ryhor Yuzepchuk, 45 years old, was reportedly executed in April by authorities in Belarus. It is the second execution carried out in Belarus since the beginning of the year.

The exact date of Ryhor Yuzepchuk’s execution is not clear; the Mogilev regional court in western Belarus reportedly confirmed the execution after it became public knowledge on 8 May. In Belarus, executions are carried out by shooting; and its Criminal Executive Code provides for the government to not return the bodies of those executed to their families and not to inform them of where their body is buried.

For further information, please read our statement.

Two Palestinians executed as Israeli Spies

On 7 May 2014, two men were executed in the Palestinian Authority by the Hamas authorities in Gaza.

Reports suggest that one man identified as AK, who was said to be 30 years old, was executed by hanging and another man identified as ZR and 40 years old was executed by a firing squad. Both were executed on charges of ‘collaborating’ and providing sensitive information to authorities in Israel over a period of some nine years.

Click here to read our statement.

Five executions in four different prisons in one day in Taiwan

On 29 April 2014, five men were executed in four different prisons by authorities in Taiwan.According to reports reaching ICDP, Teng Kuo-Ling was executed in Taipei Prison, Liu Yen-kua in Taichung Prison, two brothers Tu Ming-lang and Tu Ming-hsiung were executed in Tainan Prison and Tai Wen-chiang in Hualien Prison on the same day.

For further information, click here.

Opinion Piece by ICDP President Mr. Mayor and Commissioner Ms. Hanne Sophie Greve

The President of ICDP Federico Mayor and the Commissioner of ICDP Hanne Sophie Greve wrote an Op-ed titled "Hakamada Iwao and the death penalty system in Japan" which was published by Other News on 8 May 2014.

Click here for the PDF.

Upcoming Event:
ICDP Side-Event on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, 18 June, Geneva

On 18 June, ICDP is organizing a Side-Event on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. The event is co-sponsored by Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (members of the ICDP Support Group), Moldova and the WCADP.
The event will take place in Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva from 12.30 to 14.00h.
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