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Maryland Joins Global Trend Against the Death Penalty


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Maryland Joins Global Trend Against the Death Penalty

(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) - Maryland has joined the overwhelming global trend towards ending the death penalty, Amnesty International said today after Governor Martin O'Malley signed the abolition of capital punishment into law. The abolition bill, passed by the state legislature in March 2013, makes Maryland the 18th U.S. state to relinquish use of the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court approved new capital laws in 1976.


ByAmnesty International, USA.


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Stop the execution of Abdullah al-Qahtani in Iraq


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Stop the execution of Abdullah al-Qahtani in Iraq

Saudi Arabian national Abdullah al-Qahtani is at imminent risk of execution in Iraq. He is one of six men accused of taking part in an armed raid on a Baghdad shop in 2009. While al-Qahtani and his co-defendants "confessed" to being members of al-Qa'ida, it was only after they were subjected to brutal torture -- including severe beatings, partial asphyxiation, cigarette burns, and pulling on genitals. .


ByAmnesty International, USA.


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Freedom under threat: The clampdown against freedoms of expression, assembly and association in Russia


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Freedom under threat: The clampdown against freedoms of expression, assembly and association in Russia

One year after Vladimir Putin's third inauguration as Russia's President, the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly have come under increasing attack, despite the fact that these rights are explicitly guaranteed by the Russian Constitution and international human rights treaties to which Russia is party.


ByAmnesty International, USA.


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