Year
How to use the database
HANDS OFF CAIN’S 2015 REPORT
The worldwide situation (as of 30 June 2016)
EXECUTIONS IN 2014
EXECUTIONS IN 2015 (as of 30 June)
The most important facts of 2015 (and the first six months of 2016)
ADDRESS of Pope Francis
THE SMILING FACE OF THE MULLAHS
ANALYSIS OF THE 2015 REPORT DATA AND OBJECTIVES OF HANDS OFF CAIN
Reportage by Sergio D'Elia
Reportage by Marco Perduca
"THE ABOLITIONIST OF THE YEAR 2015” AWARD
Protocol of understanding between NTC and CNF
Dossier on death penalty and homosexuality
Final declaration of the Cairo workshop
Goals
Achievements
GENERAL MOTION OF THE FIFTH CONGRESS OF HOC
RESOLUTION OF THE KIGALI CONFERENCE
U.N. RESOLUTION 2014

U.N. RESOLUTION 2012
U.N. RESOLUTION 2010

REPORT ON THE 2ND ANNUAL EU FORUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY IN ZAMBIA

Videos

DECLARATION OF LIBREVILLE

Publications
Hands Off Cain Headquarters
U.N. RESOLUTION 2008

U.N. RESOLUTION 2007

Appeal To The United Nations
Board of Directors

LETHAL TRADE DOSSIER
2014 FREETOWN CONFERENCE Final Declaration
THE COTONOU DECLARATION 2014
DOSSIER IRAQ 2003

DOSSIER ON MORATORIUM
DOSSIER IRAQ 2012

DOSSIER USA 2011

NOBEL LAUREATES APPEAL
Bulletin Board
Sign up
Join appeal
Newsletter
Our Publications

NORTH KOREA: EXECUTION LEGAL FOR MINOR OFFENCES

November 25, 2009: according to a set of addendums to the “DPRK Penal Code” adopted in 2007 that leaked out of North Korea, execution is permitted for some ordinary crimes in addition to those stipulated by the full penal code itself.
For instance, in cases of currency forgery, the full penal code stipulates more than 10-years of labour re-education, or indefinite re-education in serious cases, but one of the addendum articles also states, “Under extreme circumstances, one can be subject to execution.”
Although these articles were adopted in 2007, they were not publicized to the outside world.
17 out of the 23 articles contained in the document, called the “DPRK Penal Code Additional Clauses (ordinary crimes),” legalize execution for “especially serious cases” of certain crimes, while the full penal code only stipulates execution for four crimes of a treasonous nature, not for ordinary crimes.
The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) adopted the addendum articles in the form of Ordinance No. 2483 on December 19th, 2007. The ordinance is in the form of a legal code authorized by the Supreme People’s Assembly’s (SPA) Presidium, the highest organ within the SPA, which holds legal authority during SPA recesses.
Article 1 stipulates, ‘For extreme acts pertaining to combat resources and the intentional destruction of military facilities, execution is permissible." The existing penal code, however, only stipulates, ‘Under particularly heavy circumstances, a sentence of more than 10 years labour re-education or indefinite labour re-education is appropriate.’
Other crimes that are deemed to be grave enough to warrant execution under the addendum articles include: plundering and theft of national assets, destruction/damage to national assets, currency fraud, intentional defamation, kidnapping, rape, theft of private assets, smuggling of metals, smuggling of the nation’s natural resources, drug smuggling, and taking bribes for sex trafficking.
Importantly, Article 23 stipulates an indefinite labour re-education sentence or execution if an individual commits a number of serious crimes, or does not show acceptable signs of guilt or reform.
In the mid-1990s, extra-judicial public executions took place of those found guilty of committing crimes such the theft of cows or food, crimes which were actually happening in all areas of North Korean society. After the enactment of Article 23, however, the form of punishment has become possible within the judicial process.
As Article 23 makes clear, the penal code does not regard specific criminal acts with hostility, but makes execution permissible ‘under heavy circumstances’ or for ‘incorrigible persons’ in general. If this is the case, then execution sentences can in theory apply to all offenses, which is a serious violation of established legal principles, albeit that such violations are not new in North Korean legal practice.
Professor Park Jung Won of Kookmin University explained, “These changes preserve through the law the ability to punish not only treasonous crimes but also ordinary crimes through execution and expropriation of assets. The changes are also a means by which the North Korean authorities can react to outside criticism of those executions which are not allowed within the country’s main legal processes.”
One defector who witnessed a public execution in the mid-2000s, explained the situation to the Daily NK, “In Kim Jung Suk (a county), Yangkang Province, “I saw a young woman’s public execution, at which I read the verdict, “Addendum 49 is applicable in this case. She was executed for theft of electrical wiring.”
The implication is that the articles were being used for a number of years, but got revised in 2007. The source agreed, saying, “As far as I know, during the March of Tribulation in the mid-1990s, the authorities wrote the addendums to cope with emergencies.” (Sources: DailyNK.com, 25/11/2009)

BELARUS STARTS CAMPAIGN ON ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
GAZA: HAMAS APPROVES LAW TO EXECUTE DRUG DEALERS
IRAN: YOUNG MAN ON VERGE OF EXECUTION
IRAN: DEATH SENTENCE FOR POLITICAL PRISONER
BOTSWANA: FRANCISTOWN HIGH COURT SENTENCES TWO MEN TO DEATH FOR MURDER
MALAYSIA: TWO NEPALESE SENTENCED TO DEATH
TURKEY CONSIDERS FATE OF DETAINED IRAN RAELIAN LEADER
IRAN: AFGHAN HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: CONVICTED RAPIST HANGED
KENTUCKY (USA): SUPREME COURT TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS EXECUTIONS
CHINA: TWO EXECUTED OVER TAINTED MILK SCANDAL
LIBYA TO ALLOW NGOS, LIMIT DEATH PENALTY: MAGISTRATE
IRAQ: KILLER OF FATHER, HUSBAND SENTENCED TO DEATH
SUDAN: SIX CHILDREN SENTENCED TO DIE OVER REBEL RAID
IRAQ: PRESIDENT TALABANI IN IRAN SEEKING KURD EXECUTION HALT
KYRGYZ YOUTH DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
TANZANIA: 75 DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED: KIKWETE
SAUDI MAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING SISTER
IRAN: THREE HANGED FOR RAPING TEENAGE BOY
RUSSIA: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT EXTENDS MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY
KENTUCKY (USA): INMATE DIES WHILE WAITING FOR EXECUTION
IRAN HANGS MAN FOR RAPE
JORDAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE, DOUBLE MURDER
IRAQ PLANNING TO HANG UP TO 126 WOMEN BY YEAR'S END
ZAMBIA: 6 ROBBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOMALIA: ISLAMISTS STONE WOMAN TO DEATH FOR ADULTERY
IRAN: ONE WOMAN AND TWO MEN HANGED
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN EXECUTED FOR CHILD RAPE
CHINA: FORMER DEATH ROW DUO AWARDED COMPENSATION
IRAN: MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC

1 2 [Succ >>]
2019
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2018
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2017
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2016
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2015
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
2014
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2013
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2012
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2011
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2010
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2009
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
2008
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2007
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2006
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2005
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2004
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
IRAN. HANDS OFF CAIN, REDUCTION OF DRUG EXECUTIONS BUT NUMBERS REMAIN WORRISOME
  HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMONSTRATION OF THE RADICAL PARTY BEFORE IRANIAN EMBASSY 14 FEBRUARY  
  BELARUS EXECUTES TWO CONVICTED MURDERERS  
  MALAYSIA: GOVT HALTS EXECUTION OF 1,200 DEATH ROW INMATES  
  JAPAN HANGS CULT LEADER SHOKO ASAHARA, 6 OTHERS FOR 1995 TOKYO SUBWAY SARIN ATTACK  
  SOMALIA - DEATH PENALTY AND TERRORISM  
news
-
latest actions
-
data base
-
actions
-
who we are
-
registered users
-
credits