Pope Francis: no to death penalty and to inhuman prison conditions.

A pregnant woman has been sentenced to death by hanging in Sudan for “apostasy” because she refused to recant her Christian religion.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 683 people to death in another mass trial against alleged rioters accused of murder and attempted murder of several police officers in Minya. Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is among them.

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International.

The criminal court in Minya, Egypt sentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections, said Human Rights Watch in a press release.

Nine North-Korean defectors, aged 15 to 23, entered Laos through China on May 9 and were caught by Laotian authorities on May 16. They were sent back home on Tuesday May 28 via China. Under North Korean law, defectors face a minimum of five years of hard labour and as much as life in prison or the death penalty in cases […]

Death penalty 2012: Despite setbacks, a death penalty-free world came closer | Amnesty International.