In this image taken from video footage run by China’s CCTV, Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg attends his retrial in northeastern China. A Chinese court has sentenced him to death in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is escalating tensions between the countries over the Canadian arrest of a top Chinese technology executive.
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Now is the time to give China the chance to show that while the Chinese justice system can mete out punishment, it can also exercise compassion and could spare the life of a Canadian drug smuggler.
Indonesian activists hold candles during a candlelight protest against death penalty executions, outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in 2016.
Research shows the deterrent effect of capital punishment is a myth.
Steven Truscott speaks with the media during a news conference in Toronto in August 2007. Truscott’s 48-year fight to clear his name ended when Ontario’s highest court acquitted him of the 1959 rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper.
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Fifty-nine years ago, Steven Truscott, wrongfully convicted for the murder of a schoolmate, was sentenced to hang. He was only 14 years old. Why did it take so long for justice to catch up with him?
Pope Francis said the death penalty, can never be sanctioned because it ‘attacks’ the inherent dignity of all humans.
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Pope Francis has said that death penalty violates the dignity of a person. But, this might just deepen the debate among Christians, who for a long time have been divided over the issue.
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The British home secretary has decided not to seek assurances from the US that it wouldn't use the death penalty for an IS duo arrested in Syria. This must be opposed.
Australian Antonio Bagnato is on death row in Thailand, convicted of the murder of Wayne Schneider in 2015.
Australian national Antonio Bagnato is on death row in Thailand as that country resumes executions. The federal government must use all diplomatic means to push its anti-death penalty stance.
Iwao Hakamada in 2014.
Iwao Hakamada was tried for quadruple murder in 1966, but the evidence that convicted him is regarded with widespread scepticism.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa opposes capital punishment.
Survey shows Zimbabwean policy makers need not fear a public backlash if they choose to abolition of the death penalty.
Kenya Wildlife Service rangers on patrol at the Meru National Park.
Kenya's death penalty proposal is not the quick fix solution to curb wildlife poaching.
At the moment, at least 21,919 people are known to be facing death sentences around the world.
A new report from Amnesty International reveals that while the number of countries that impose the death penalty is shrinking, there is still a long way to go before it is abolished altogetehr.
Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara at the time of his sentencing in 2004.
The 1995 Tokyo sarin attack helped make Japanese criminal justice dramatically more punitive.
A petition calls for clemency on a convicted drug trafficker sentenced to death in 2010.
Singapore claims to have nearly eliminated drug use and crime thanks to capital punishment - but the data tells a very different story.
Vietnam War protests led to a lower voting age. The Parkland shooting could push similar reevaluations.
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Teens' brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.
The newly completed execution chamber at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada.
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Nevada plans to use a new drug protocol for executing Scott Dozier, who murdered a 22-year-old. A scholar explains why this is problematic.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
Signatures were collected to put the death penalty on the 2016 Nebraska ballot.
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Of the 34 state ballot initiatives seeking to limit or abolish the death penalty, 31 have failed. Is this democracy at its worst?
In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the 'Bible Belt'. Here's a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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Trump's promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court could mean the fate of the death penalty rests in the court of public opinion.
Alabama’s lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, 2002.
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In Oregon and Washington, the costs of seeking and administering the death penalty have increased significantly since the 1980s.
A Thai court has sentenced Australian man Antonio Bagnato to death for the murder and kidnapping of a Hells Angels member.
The Australian government must distinguish between horrific crime and a barbaric sentence.