Execution

The Dark Side of the Planet: Where the Death Penalty Is King

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.

Pakistani Christian Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy Against Prophet Muhammad

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Sawan Masih was convicted on Thursday of using derogatory remarks against the...

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

Arab-Iranian Poet & Peace Activist Executed For 'Waging War On God'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

An Arab-Iranian poet has been executed in Iran for “waging war on God” and threatening national security, human rights groups say. Hashem Shaa...

Haunting Artwork Depicts Death Row Prisoners' Last Words

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

A photographer has created a portrait series with a haunting twist. The images below are mug shots, with the faces made not of pixels or pigment ...

US State Could Bring Back The Electric Chair

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Virginia could revive the electric chair as a method to execute prisoners, as European companies and one major distributor in the US block the sale of...

UK Parliamentary Delegation Urges Caution and Realism on Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

Several days ago a man with a neatly trimmed beard wearing a white turban, and professorial-looking rimless glasses featured prominently in Davos. Was it really Hassan Rouhani? Of course Rouhani is Iran's current Ayatollah-sanctioned President and should have every good reason to be at such a prestigious forum; however the man addressing Davos appeared only to share the real Rouhani's appearance.

Has A Satirical Tweet About North Korea Fooled The World?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Reports of North Korea's exploits are always worth being extra-skeptical of, but it seems Western media as a whole may have been duped by what could b...

Was Kim Jong Un's Uncle Executed By A Pack Of Starving Dogs?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Last month it emerged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s “traitor” uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed, after being accused of plotting against th...

'No Need' To Hang Convicted Meth Smuggler Who Survived First Execution

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

Iran’s justice minister says there is “no need” to execute a convicted drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging. Mostafa Pourmohammadi s...

Drug Smuggler Who Survived Execution Will Be Hanged For A Second Time

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A convicted drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging in Iran will be executed again. The man, known only as Alireza A, was found alive in a mo...

India: Death Penalty Is Not a Quick Fix Solution to Serious Crime

Sajid Suleman | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sajid Suleman

The four Delhi gang rape convicts are likely to be sentenced to death for raping and killing a 23 year old woman... Hanging the four Delhi rapists might satisfy the conscience of the nation, but it does nothing to improve the lot of women in India.

Capital Punishment - It's Not the Answer in a Civilised Society

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Capital punishment is no easy answer. It is a barbaric, horrific and out-dated relic, tainted by the nightmare grisly ceremony of the whole process, something incongruous to a modern society and rightly consigned to the dustbin of history. It must never return.

Why "Execution-Style Killings" Are Anything But

Rob Atkinson | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK
Rob Atkinson

"Execution-style Killing". It's one of those chilling news-story phrases that are fairly frequently-used, lazily, thoughtlessly and as a knee-jerk re...

Iranian Opposition TV Gets Record Backing

Abbas Rezai | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

This weekend's telethon was met with an unprecedented enthusiasm. Callers phoned from Europe, US, Australia, Canada... but most importantly from Iran.

'Cannibal Monster' Who Sold Human Flesh As Ostrich Meat Is Executed

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK

A Chinese man convicted of murdering 11 people was executed on Thursday. Zhang Yongming is said to have chopped up his victims and sold the flesh...

The Footage

Tim Cumming | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
Tim Cumming

With the imminent release of The Dictator, Baron Cohen's despot comedy this new blog post is a new poem, begun on a flight to Khartoum last October, t...

Hu and Wen, Why?

Benedict Rogers | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Even if prisoners are not actually executed, life in North Korea's gulags is virtually a death sentence. Over 200,000 people are incarcerated in labour camps reminiscent of those set up by Stalin, where every day is a struggle for survival.

European Parliament "Iran Delegation" Plans Shameful Trip To Tehran

Siavosh Rajizadeh | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Politics
Siavosh Rajizadeh

European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran is planning to pay a five-day visit to Tehran at the end of this month. The request for this...

Camp Ashraf: Iran and Iraq's Crime Against Humanity

Naghmeh Rajabi | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK
Naghmeh Rajabi

Since the beginning of this year, Iran has hanged 490 prisoners, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in that country. Under the ...

Troy Davis: Sacrificing the Innocent

James Abbott-Thompson | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics
James Abbott-Thompson

Hope descended into horror on Wednesday, as the US Supreme Court considered, and then rejected, a request from attorneys acting on behalf of Troy Davis to stay his execution. All the while, I am told, he was strapped to the gurney in the execution chamber waiting to die.

Britain Now Leads From the Front in Supporting Our Nationals Facing the Death Penalty Abroad

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

There has been a surfeit of bad news of late. Yet there are positive developments in the Summer of our discontent, and they merit underlining.

Reality Television: Innovation and Misery

Charles McLeod | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Charles McLeod

One question I am consistently asked with the release of my first novel is, "Where did you get the idea for it from?" The "it" being referred to here is the book's central plot; specifically, the protagonist's solution to solve his money woes by tattooing a condemned prisoner with corporate logos and putting said prisoner's execution on pay-per-view television