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

Il leader nordcoreano Kim Jong-Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
NORTH KOREA ORDERS BAN ON PUBLIC TRIALS AND EXECUTIONS

December 16, 2016: Kim Jong Un has reportedly issued instructions to government bodies including the Ministry of People’s Security to ban further public executions. 
"Kim Jong Un has issued instructions to 'prohibit public executions' to judicial and prosecution bodies including the Ministry of People’s Security (police). The instruction containing the orders forbids both public trials and executions,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on December 13.
"The instruction is not aimed at reducing or abolishing executions. It just means that capital punishment will be conducted privately in future.”
The North Korean authorities have often been documented carrying out public executions against those who break its draconian laws, including the distribution of South Korean TV shows. Such acts serve as an example to spread fear among residents and deter them from engaging in such activities. Under the Kim Jong Un regime, ruthless executions of high-ranking officials have been conducted for actions running ‘counter to the Party and the revolution.’ 
South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported in October that the Kim Jong Un regime has resumed purges which were in temporary decline following the execution of Hyun Yong Chol, former defense chief of the People’s Armed Forces (MPAF). The number of people publicly executed by the regime reportedly reached 64 by September, according to the NIS.
Some suspect that Kim Jong Un's decision to revert to private executions has been influenced by recent momentum built up by the UN and NGOs highlighting North Korea’s human rights violations, even suggesting that the North Korean authorities may be put on trial at the ICC (International Criminal Court).
"(The authorities) have been continuously conducting public executions in order to instill fear among the population, but it seems to have realized the drawbacks of the measure. The regime is presumably becoming sensitive about scenes of public executions escaping to the outside world," a source in North Pyongan Province explained.
It is also being pointed that the current instructions cannot be viewed as a move to improve human rights, but simply a measure to deflect open criticism by the international community. Although a few differences will arise from the measure, including the replacement of guns with blunt weapons, the number of executions is likely to remain the same.
Private executions in North Korea are usually carried out in a prison cell, interrogation room, or in the mountains. The executioners immobilize the prisoners on a chair and execute them by repeatedly striking their vital points with blunt weapons such as rubber or wooden clubs and hammers.
Testimonies also state that electrocution and lethal injections are used during private executions. 
"Private executions are generally more feared by prisoners and their families. Without even a public ‘trial,’ it becomes even easier for the regime to execute anyone without consequences," added a source in Ryanggang Province.
"A Provincial Ministry of People's Security official who gave me this information also said that special units within regional security bodies nationwide will be formed, consisting of executioners. The adoption of private executions will cause great psychological pressure and anxiety for the prisoners."

VIETNAM: DEATH PENALTY FOR SIX DRUG TRAFFICKERS
IRAQ: 88 TERRORIST CONVICTS EXECUTED IN 2016
CHINA: ARSONIST SENTENCED TO DEATH
QATAR: DRUGS GANG LEADER SENTENCED TO DEATH
WASHINGTON (USA): GOVERNOR ISSUES REPRIEVE, CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: PUBLIC FLOGGING SENTENCE CARRIED OUT
JORDAN: FIVE MEMBERS OF ISIL CELL SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TERROR
SAUDI ARABIA: GENEROSITY OF A SAUDI SAVES AN INDIAN FROM DEATH SENTENCE
CALIFORNIA REJECTS PROPOSED NEW DEATH PENALTY RULES
JORDAN: FOUR JORDANIANS GIVEN DEATH PENALTY OVER DRUGS KILLING
PAKISTAN: DEATH SENTENCE REVOKED ONE DAY AHEAD OF EXECUTION
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR INTERIOR MINISTRY BOMB PLOT
IRAN: TWO AMPUTATION SENTENCES CARRIED OUT
THAILAND: PHUKET PRISONERS RELEASED ON ROYAL PARDON
PAKISTAN: FIRST CONVICT HANGED AFTER THREE MONTHS
ZAMBIA: MPOMBO’S SON SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
NIGERIA: EDO STATE EXECUTES THREE DEATH ROW INMATES
PENNSYLVANIA (USA): FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST TWO FORMER PENNSYLVANIA DEATH ROW PRISONERS WITH INNOCENCE CLAIMS
FLORIDA (USA): MORE THAN 200 PRISONERS UNCONSTITUTIONALLY SENTENCED TO DEATH MAY GET NEW SENTENCING HEARING
INDIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPING AND MURDERING MINOR
IRAN: PRISONER EXECUTED IN PUBLIC
USA: HISTORIC DECLINES IN DEATH PENALTY USE CONTINUE
CALIFORNIA (USA): SUPREME COURT HALTS DEATH PENALTY MEASURE
JORDAN: SECURITY COURT HANDS DOWN DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLER OF SLAIN WRITER NAHED HATTAR
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI NATIONAL EXECUTED FOR MURDERING COMPATRIOT
UAE: DEATH ROW EMIRATI CONVICT WALKS FREE AFTER 14 YEARS
DEATH PENALTY: UNITED NATIONS CONFIRM THE REQUEST OF A UNIVERSAL MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY REBUKES IRAN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
INDIA: YASIN BHATKAL, 4 OTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 2013 HYDERABAD BLASTS
IRAQ: ISIS EXECUTES TEENAGER IN KIRKUK ON CHARGES OF SPYING

1 2 3 [Succ >>]
2022
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
  2021
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2020
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  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 - Wife of Djalali pleads for EU action
  IRAN - Hands off Cain Year End Report: At least 284 executions in 2020  
  IRAN: HANDS OFF CAIN, THE HANGING OF THE PROTESTER MOSTAFA SALEHI IS A SHAME FOR THE SO-CALLED DEMOCRATIC WORLD   
  USA: ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’, BUT IS IT ONLY RACISM?  
  IRAN. HANDS OFF CAIN, REDUCTION OF DRUG EXECUTIONS BUT NUMBERS REMAIN WORRISOME  
  HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMONSTRATION OF THE RADICAL PARTY BEFORE IRANIAN EMBASSY 14 FEBRUARY  
news
-
latest actions
-
data base
-
actions
-
who we are
-
registered users
-
credits