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October 27 2017 | GUATEMALA

Guatemala high court abolishes death penalty in civil cases

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Guatemala's highest court has abolished the death penalty for civil cases in a landmark ruling announced Thursday.
The Constitutional Court's decision is final and will take effect once it is published in the government's official gazette.
Until now Guatemalan law has allowed for the death penalty in cases of murders of people younger than 12 or older than 60; kidnappings where the victim is severely hurt or dies; assassination of the president or VP; or in certain crimes related to drug trafficking.
"We cannot allow us 0to be one of the last countries that apply that penalty," said Jose Alejandro Valverth Flores, one of the lawyers who had petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare unconstitutional the pertinent articles of the penal code and a law governing drug crimes.
"We believe it is necessary for the respect of human rights in Guatemala," he added.  The Central American nation has not applied a death sentence for some years in line with a regional human rights agreement to which it is a signatory.
The death penalty remains on the books at least nominally for Guatemala's military judicial system.
According to the rights group Amnesty International, Guatemala is one of six places in the Americas that still have the death penalty, along with the United States including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guyana and Jamaica.
May 24 2020

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Kostseu brothers

May 20 2020

With grief we got known that Walter "Arkie" Barton was put to death in Bonne Terre, Missouri on Wednesday May 19 in the evening

We do not resign ourselves: the death penalty can be blocked worldwide, thanks also to the appeals that you have being supporting and that we will continue to share
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GOOD NEWS: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals just granted a stay of execution for Ruben Gutierrez

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Despite thousands of appeals for clemency, Billy Crutsinger was executed yesterday. Pain and disdain for this horror. Let’s keep on struggling to stop the death penalty

Thanks to all those who joined our appeals
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Bishops’ Conference Committee Chairman Welcomes Governor of California’s Declaration of Moratorium on Death Penalty

March 15 2019
By Mario marazziti

The death penalty makes everyone guilty. The revolutionary choice of the governor of California who signed the moratorium on capital executions ·

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