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La vignetta su pena di morte e guerra alla droga
NONVIOLENT RADICAL PARTY: PROHIBITION ON DRUGS ENHANCES DEATH PENALTY

June 25, 2014: Policies and ideology of the prohibition on drugs have made and continue to make a significant contribution to the application of the death penalty in 2013 and the first six months of 2014.
Connected to the so-called “war on drugs” executions last year were 355 in five countries. Only in Iran there have been at least 328, while in 2014 there were 167, with Iran always in pole position with 164 executions.
This is what emerged today at a press conference called by the Nonviolent Radical Party on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which is celebrated tomorrow, during which were announced a series of data and the contents of an open letter to the secretary of the Radicali Italiani, Rita Bernardini, sent to the President of the Council of Ministers, Matteo Renzi, the Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, and the Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin.
In 2013, in the name of the war on drugs, the executions were mainly in Iran with 328 cases, of which half related to drug crimes, except to note - it was said during the press conference - that in some cases the affected people were not traffickers but rather political opponents.
In Saudi Arabia there have been 24 executions, two in Indonesia, and surely one in Malaysia. The absolute primacy belongs to China: though an official data is not available, the Radicals estimate that executions in 2013 may have been 3000.
In ten other states, convictions were handed down but not implemented. It happened in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Laos, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.
In 2014, 3 executions for drugs were carried out in Saudi Arabia, and 164 in Iran.
In Vietnam, a court sentenced to death in a single day for drug trafficking as many as 30 people.
These data should be added to those on the market value of the global drug trade, estimated at least a billion dollars a year.
To cope with this traffic, according to the Radicals, the current policies should definitely be revised.
It is for this reason that Bernardini, among other things, asked in her letter to hold for the next autumn the Sixth National Conference on Drugs, an appointment for  “a reflection without blinkers on the failure of prohibitionist policies, in Italy and in the rest of the world".
"For years in Italy we are victims of a prohibitionist approach with regard to drugs, said during the press conference, Marco Perduca, former senator and representative to the UN of the Radical Party. “Under the management Giovanardi-Serpelloni (a former minister and the former head of anti-drugs policies; Ed), the first victim of the war on drugs were the data, with figures that were regularly mystified and manipulated”.
Always ahead of the International Day Against Drug tomorrow, five MPs of the Democratic Party have submitted a point of order in the House in which they addressed ten questions to the Government. Among these, if the Government shares an incisive decriminalization of minor offenses and if it wants to appoint a Secretary and a scientific director for the National Anti-Drug Department.
The first signatory of the point of order is MP Roberto Rampi, who yesterday also suscribed to the Nonviolent Radical Party.
During the press conference were presented to the public four vignettes drawn by Flavio Avy Candeli and John Modica in support of the campaign "Support. Do not Punish" that was already launched in 50 countries around the world.
This global campaign, called "Hey, We Need To Talk About Drugs" was launched by the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the Open Society Foundations. In Italy the campaign is supported by the Luca Coscioni Association for Freedom of Scientific Research and by the Nonviolent Radical Party. (Sources: ANSA, H0C, 25/06/2014)

KENYA: 6,000 CONVICTS AWAITING DEATH
IRAN: 13 PRISONERS HANGED IN KARAJ
VIETNAM: AUSTRALIAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
KUWAIT: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR MURDERER
JAPAN: KILLER HANGED IN FIRST EXECUTION THIS YEAR
CALIFORNIA (USA): JURY DECIDES DEATH FOR CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER CHESTER DEWAYNE TURNER
SWISS RESOLUTION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BEFORE THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
FLORIDA (USA): DNA PROVES DEATH ROW INMATE INNOCENT AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS
BAHRAIN: DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDERER
IRAN: 10 PRISONERS HANGED IN URUMIEH PRISON
INDIA: 24-YR-OLD PALI MAN GETS DEATH FOR RAPING & MURDERING MINOR GIRL IN 2012
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO BEHEADED FOR RAPING MINORS
INDIA: COP GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING 3 BIHAR STUDENTS IN FAKE ENCOUNTER
BANGLADESH: ONE SENTENCED TO DEATH IN NTV EMPLOYEE MURDER CASE
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BANK ROBBERY 'TERROR' PLAN
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS EXECUTED FOR DRUG-RELATED CHARGES
SUDAN: COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CHANGING FAITH
BANGLADESH: 8 TO DIE FOR RAMNA KILLING
EGYPT: EIGHT PRISONERS HANGED
EGYPT: DEATH SENTENCES OF 183 CONFIRMED
VIETNAM: COURT CONFIRMS 29 DEATH SENTENCES
EGYPT: COURT HANDS 14 ISLAMIST LEADERS PRELIMINARY DEATH SENTENCES
IRAN: EIGHT MORE PRISONERS HANGED IN BIRJAND AND YAZD
EGYPT: 12 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING OFFICER
FLORIDA (USA): JOHN HENRY EXECUTED
MISSOURI (USA): JOHN E. WINFIELD EXECUTED
NIGERIA: ECOWAS COURT UPHOLDS RIGHTS OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS ON DEATH ROW
SAUDI ARABIA: 26 DISSIDENTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
CHINA: SEVEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
GEORGIA (USA): MARCUS A. WELLONS EXECUTED

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