Egypt

Sisi rejects Europe criticism of Egypt's rights record

EU leaders avoided publicly criticising Egypt despite an unprecedented crackdown on dissent and spike in executions.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: Europe cannot 'teach us' about rights

Egypt

Egypt executes nine over 2015 killing of top prosecutor

Hangings carried out despite last-minute plea by rights group Amnesty International for a stay of executions.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka advertises for hangmen to resume executions

Criteria for the candidates includes having 'mental strength' and 'excellent moral character'.

Sri Lanka advertises for hangmen to resume executions

Human Rights

Alabama executes Muslim man who wanted an imam by his side

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow an Alabama Muslim inmate to be executed without an imam present in the room.

Alabama executes Muslim man who wanted an imam by his side

Asia

Inspired by Duterte, Sri Lanka to resume executions

After visit to the Philippines, president says he is committed to bringing back capital punishment for drug offenders.

Sri Lanka to resume executions of drug convicts: Sirisena

Saudi Arabia

Filipina domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sentenced to death a woman from the Philippines after she was found guilty of a murder committed in 2015.

Filipina domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia

Iran

Iran executes businessman for economic crimes: state TV

Hamidreza Baqeri-Dermani was executed for offences including bribery and fraud, state television reports.

Iran executes businessman for economic crimes: state TV

Opinion

How many more ways can Israel sentence Palestinians to death?

Israel is now considering to bring back capital punishment to crush those resisting its illegal occupation.

Yara Hawari

by Yara Hawari

Yara Hawari

Death penalty

Joseph Garcia, notorious 'Texas 7' member, executed

Lawyers for 47-year-old had said he shouldn't be executed because he didn't shoot gun that killed officer 18 years ago.

Joseph Garcia, notorious 'Texas 7' member, executed

Death penalty

Notorious 'Texas 7' member set to die under controversial law

Lawyers say Joseph Garcia shouldn't be executed because he didn't shoot the gun that killed Dallas officer 18 years ago.

 Notorious 'Texas 7' member set to die under controversial law

Malaysia

Malaysia says no 'U-turn' in death penalty abolition

Some 32 offences currently carry the death penalty, but government says punishment is no deterrent to crime.

Malaysia says no 'U-turn' in death penalty abolition

Death penalty

Tennessee to kill man by electric chair for first time since 2007

Edmund Zagorski, 63, is set to be executed by electrocution on Thursday night after opting against lethal injection.

Tennessee to kill man by electric chair for first time since 2007

Singapore

Human rights groups urge Singapore to halt imminent executions

City-state expected to execute two men, including a Malaysian, following convictions for drug offences.

Human rights groups urge Singapore to halt imminent executions

Pakistan

Executed, then acquitted: Fair trial concerns plague Pakistan

Pakistan has executed 496 since 2014. Rights groups say serious fair trial concerns risk innocent people being killed.

Executed, then acquitted: Fair trial concerns plague Pakistan

Asia

Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Government plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt the 1200 pending executions.

Malaysia to abolish death penalty