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Norwegian-British prisoner released from death row in DRC amid growing health concerns

May 2017
Joshua French, a dual British and Norwegian national who has spent eight years on death row in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been released from prison on humanitarian grounds and is safely returned to Norway. Joshua French ... read more »

Battered woman who killed her husband released from prison in Belize

April 2017
A woman who killed her husband after enduring years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, has been released from prison in Belize. In July 2010, Lavern Longsworth, threw kerosene and a candle over her husband, David White, at their home ... read more »

India: Who is being sentenced to death?

April 2017
On 11th May 2017, we will be hosting a talk by Neetika Vishwanath and Rahul Raman, Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University, Delhi. In an unprecedented effort lasting over three years, the Centre on the Death Penalty ... read more »

Execution of the intellectually disabled is unconstitutional in Trinidad says Privy Council, but courts may still impose death sentences

March 2017
Today, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London delivered a long awaited judgment in the appeals of Lester Pitman and Neil Hernandez, two intellectually disabled men who had both been convicted of murder and sentenced to the mandatory ... read more »

Pitman and Hernandez: Legal commentary

March 2017
Lester Pitman and Neil Hernandez v The State (Trinidad and Tobago) [2017] UKPC 6 Execution of the intellectually disabled is unconstitutional in Trinidad says Privy Council, but it is for the President to give respite. On 23rd March the Judicial ... read more »