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April 2014 Newsletter, N.13
International Commission Against the Death Penalty

683 death sentences in Egypt

On 28 April 2014, 683 individuals were sentenced to death following a trial held by the Criminal Court in Minya, Egypt.

According to reports, the 683 persons were sentenced to death on various charges, including murder, attempted murder, burning Adwa police station, membership of a banned organisation (the Muslim Brotherhood) and participating in a gathering of more than five persons with the intention of committing the above mentioned crimes. Those sentenced to death include 70 year old Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. Those convicted appear not to have received adequate access to defence lawyers, the exact charges against each defendant were not individually read out in court and over 600 of those convicted were charged in absentia.
Please read our statement here.

Combatting Torture and Abolishing the Death Penalty in the OSCE Region: Two sides of the same coin?

ICDP Commissioner Ioanna Kuçuradi participated in the side event “Combatting Torture and Abolishing the Death Penalty in the OSCE Region: two sides of the same coin?” that took place on 11 of April in Vienna.
The side event was co-sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the OSCE and other International Organizations Vienna, European Union, Government of Andorra, Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of San Marino. The side event was held during the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Prevention of Torture organized by the Swiss Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Click here to view the flyer invitation of the event.

Click here for the speeches of the participants. Ioanna Kuçuradi Speech, Childerik Schaapveld Speech.

Executions in Iran including four juvenile offenders

Eleven men including four juvenile offenders were recently executed by authorities in Iran.

Since 2013, apart from Saudi Arabia, Iran is the only country that is known to impose and carry out the death penalty on juvenile offenders – those convicted of an alleged crime committed before the age of 18.

Please read our statement here.

Execution of Pavel Selyun

Pavel Selyun (24) was executed by authorities in Belarus, the first execution since 2012.The exact date of Mr Selyun’s execution is not clear; his lawyer and family were only informed on 18 April. His lawyer reportedly went to meet Pavel Selyun and was informed that he “had left in accordance with the sentence”, which implied that he had been executed.

Please read our statement here.

Gabon and El Salvador’s official accession to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Gabon acceded to the Second Optional Protocol on 2 April 2014. The country had abolished the death penalty for all crimes in February 2010.

El Salvador acceded to Second Optional Protocol on 8 April 2014. The country abolished the death penalty in 1983 for all crimes except “for cases stipulated in military legislation during a state of international war.”

Please read our statement here.

Imminent execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death by a Criminal Court in Tehran in 2009 for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, in 2007. The death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in the same year. Her execution may be carried out at any time.

Please read our statement here.

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