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Zimbabwe constitutional court declares life without parole to be cruel and inhuman

September 2016
In a unanimous decision, the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court declared life sentences without the possibility of parole to be both cruel and inhuman punishment and a violation of human dignity. In the opinion of all eight judges, the “unavoidable cruelty of ... read more »

Trinidadian man freed after the President directed the Court of Appeal to reconsider his case

June 2016
Albert Edwards who was convicted of murder in 1988, has been freed by the Trinidad Court of Appeal. After a prolonged period of eight years, the President referred Edwards’ conviction back to the Court of Appeal for review, after it ... read more »

Belize reprieves last man on death row- *update*

December 2015
The last man held on death row in Belize was reprieved in July 2015, when the Supreme Court of Belize confirmed that its lone, remaining prisoner under sentence of death, Glenford Baptist, now aged 40, would never be executed. His ... read more »

Court accepts abused woman suffered from Battered Woman Syndrome

December 2015
Veola Pook, who killed her husband in response to years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse was granted parole and released last week. In December 2008, Pook, 57, threw gasoline on Orlando Vasquez and set him alight in their home ... read more »

Malawi Court orders immediate release for death row prisoner

August 2015
After 13 and a half years languishing on death row, Richard Chipoka was resentenced by the Malawi High Court and released immediately. Chipoka was just 21 years old when he was sentenced to the mandatory death penalty, which was subsequently ... read more »