On August 11, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signed the Racial Justice Act into law, making North Carolina only the second state in the country to allow death row prisoners to meaningfully challenge their death sentences if racial bias is evident. Historically, race (particularly race of the victim) has been a major factor in who does and does not get death sentences in North Carolina, and 35 inmates on North Carolinaâ€™s death row were put there by all-white juries. Congratulations to the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium and all others whose hard work has made the passage of this law a reality!
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Iran: Writer Sentenced to Death
Iranian prisoner of conscience Arzhang Davoodi, has now been sentenced to death on a new charge of “enmity against God”, in relation to his peaceful political activism and writings.
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.