Entries tagged with “Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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Oct 05, 2020

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of September 282020

NEWS (10/​1/​20) — Washington, D.C.: The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has sched­uled an eighth exe­cu­tion for 2020, set­ting a November 19 exe­cu­tion date for Orlando Hall. Hall’s case would be the first fed­er­al exe­cu­tion in more than a half-cen­tu­ry for the killing of an African-American vic­tim and the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive exe­cu­tion of an African-American pris­on­er after the exe­cu­tions of five white pris­on­ers and the sole Native American on fed­er­al death row.

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Jun 22, 2020

DPIC Analysis — At Least 1,300 Prisoners are on U.S. Death Rows in Violation of U.S. Human Rights Obligations

At least 1,300 pris­on­ers have been incar­cer­at­ed on U.S. death rows for more than two decades, in vio­la­tion of U.S. human rights oblig­a­tions, a Death Penalty Information Center analy­sis of death-row demo­graph­ic data has found. The num­ber rep­re­sents more than half of all U.S. death-row pris­on­ers as of January 1, 2020. Nearly one third of the pris­on­ers whose extend­ed incar­cer­a­tions on death row vio­late their human rights are fac­ing exe­cu­tion in California. Nearly 200 more con­demned pris­on­ers were exe­cut­ed 20 or more years after hav­ing been sen­tenced to death, also…

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Jun 22, 2020

DPIC Report — At least 1,300 Prisoners are on U.S. Death Rows in Violation of U.S. Human Rights Obligations

At least 1,300 pris­on­ers have been impris­oned on U.S. death rows for more than two decades, in vio­la­tion of U.S. human rights oblig­a­tions, a Death Penalty Information Center report on death-row incar­cer­a­tion prac­tices has found. The num­ber rep­re­sents more than half of all U.S. death-row pris­on­ers as of January 1, 2020. Nearly one third of the pris­on­ers whose lengthy death-row incar­cer­a­tions vio­late their human rights are on death row in California.

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Aug 24, 2015

Human Rights Commission Calls for Stay of Execution for Nicaraguan Man on Texas Death Row

(UPDATE: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has grant­ed Bernardo Tercero a stay of exe­cu­tion to per­mit him to lit­i­gate evi­dence that a lead pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness tes­ti­fied false­ly against him.) The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a unit of the Organization of American States, has called on Texas offi­cials to stay the exe­cu­tion of Nicaraguan cit­i­zen Bernardo Tercero (pic­tured), who is sched­uled to be exe­cut­ed in Texas on August 26. Under inter­na­tion­al treaties on con­sular rela­tions, for­eign cit­i­zens (includ­ing Americans abroad) must be afford­ed access to their gov­ern­men­t’s consulate…

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Dec 18, 2020

Human Rights Tribunal Calls for Stay of Execution for Lisa Montgomery

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the human rights body charged with over­see­ing Western Hemisphere nations’ com­pli­ance with human rights oblig­a­tions, has called on the United States to halt the sched­uled January 12, 2021 exe­cu­tion of Lisa Montgomery.

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Aug 06, 2012

INTERNATIONAL: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Calls for Hold on Executions

On August 3, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes the U.S., called for a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions in the region and released a report review­ing key areas of con­cern about the death penal­ty. The report made a series of rec­om­men­da­tions for mem­ber States, includ­ing: — States should refrain from any mea­sure that would expand the appli­ca­tion of the death penal­ty or rein­tro­duce it, — States should take any mea­sures nec­es­sary to ensure com­pli­ance with the strictest stan­dards of due process…

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Mar 02, 2022

Melissa Lucio Files Motions to Vacate Death Warrant, Remove Judge and District Attorney Based on Conflicts of Interest

Lawyers for Texas death-row pris­on­er Melissa Lucio (pic­tured) have moved to vacate her April 27, 2022 exe­cu­tion date and remove the judge and dis­trict attor­ney in her case because of con­flicts of inter­est stem­ming from their employ­ment of key mem­bers of Lucio’s orig­i­nal defense team.

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May 19, 2023

Missouri Clemency Petition Highlights Prisoner’s Extraordinary Artwork

UPDATE 2: On June 2, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit lift­ed the stay that had been imposed by the U.S. District Court, say­ing that the low­er court did not have juris­dic­tion to order the stay.

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Feb 15, 2013

RESOURCES: International Reports Look at Human Rights Decisions and Death-Eligible Crimes

Two new reports on the death penal­ty are avail­able from the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States recent­ly released a report con­tain­ing excerpts from the most impor­tant death-penal­ty deci­sions issued by the IACHR in the past fif­teen years, includ­ing cas­es from Barbados, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The International Commission against the Death Penalty released a report in January con­tain­ing a coun­try-by-coun­try overview of crimes eli­gi­ble for the death penal­ty around the world.…