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Minister of Justice Chakib Cortbawi
LEBANON: MINISTER OF JUSTICE, 'THE MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS CONTINUES'

January 24, 2014: Beirut hosted a national conference against the death penalty in Lebanon. The conference, held at the headquarters of the Lawyers Association, was also to celebrate the tenth year of a de facto moratorium on executions. Minister of Justice Chakib Cortbawi said that he will not sign any execution warrant, and that he hopes that the de facto moratorium could clear the way towards abolition in Lebanon.
According to the Minister of Justice “you can’t kill a person in the name of the society, otherwise there is no difference between us and an assassin”.  “The battle for the abolition of the death penalty must never rest” he added. Former Justice Minister and now member of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty Ibrahim Najjar followed the way, stressing that Lebanese courts continue to issue death sentences, and it is important that the death sentence is scrapped from the codes.
Najjar has then acknowledged that “death penalty will not be abrogated in short times though. That is because of political, religious and legal reasons”.
Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the AU delegation in Lebanon said “I wish I was here to participate an event to salute the abolition, and I would have said thank you, but I know there is still a long way to go”.
Eichhorst has then expressed her appreciation for the unceasing battle for abolition, “nevertheless, it is not sufficient”.  
The last executions in Lebanon date back to January 17, 2004. That day three men, convicted of homicide, were executed inside the Rumieh prison, in the outskirts of Beirut.
As of today, there are 57 prisoners in Lebanon’s death row. (Sources: lorientlejour.com, 25/01/2014)

GAMBIA: MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HACKING MOTHER'S LOVER
SAUDI ARABIA: INDIAN WORKER BEHEADED FOR MURDER
IRAN: 5 EXECUTIONS IN PRISON OF UREMIA
B'DESH COURT GIVES DEATH PENALTY TO 14 IN ARMS HAUL CASE
IRAN: TWO AHWAZI ACTIVISTS EXECUTED
PNG: JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS EXECUTIONS WILL GO AHEAD THIS YEAR
NORTH KOREA: PURGE OF JANG SONG THAEK ASSOCIATES CONTINUES
MISSOURI (USA): HERBERT SMULLS EXECUTED
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN PUBLIC IN QAZWIN
TUNISIAN CONSTITUTION ENSHRINES RIGHT TO LIFE BUT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: FOUR PEOPLE HANGED FOR MURDER, DRUGS
NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN EXECUTED HIS UNCLE’S ENTIRE FAMILY
MEXICO: PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO SAYS TEXAS EXECUTION SETS 'BAD PRECEDENT'
VIRGINIA (USA): ELECTRIC CHAIR BILL DIES ON TIE VOTE IN SENATE COMMITTEE
IRAQ: 11 OTHERS HANGED FOR TERRORISM
BANGLADESH: MAN GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING WIFE IN CTG
PAKISTAN: BLASPHEMY ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH
OKLAHOMA (USA): KENNETH EUGENE HOGAN EXECUTED
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED IN KERMANSHAH
KAZAKHSTAN: MPS SUGGEST REMOVING DEATH PENALTY FROM CRIMINAL CODE, GENERAL PROSECUTOR SAYS NO
MALDIVES: AN ORDER ISSUED TO USE LETHAL INJECTION FOR EXECUTION
UAE: SRI LANKAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
IRAN: UN RIGHTS EXPERTS ‘ALARMED’ AT SHARP INCREASE IN HANGINGS, URGES HALT TO EXECUTIONS
NIGERIA: 23-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR KILLING RIVAL
TEXAS (USA): EDGAR TAMAYO EXECUTED DESPITE PLEAS FROM MEXICO
NIGERIA: POLICEMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING A BOY
INDONESIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLER SOLDIER UPHELD
VIRGINIA (USA): BILL TO ALLOW INCREASED USE OF ELECTRIC CHAIR PASSES HOUSE
INDIA: SC COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF 15 CONVICTS DUE TO DELAY, MENTAL ILLNESS
CHINA: 36-YEAR-OLD MAN EXECUTED FOR KEEPING, MURDERING SEX SLAVES

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