Year
Breaking News
News Archive
How to use the database
Country Status on the death penalty as of 30th June 2014
Executions 2013
Summary of Hands Off Cain 2014 Report
Preface of Report 2014 by Bony Yayi President Republic of Benin
Introduction of Report 2014 by Elisabetta Zamparutti
Story by Ben Crair, Editor at
Exegesis by Padre Guido Bertagna
The Abolitionist of the year 2014 Award
HANDS OFF CAIN 2013 Report
EXECUTIONS 2012
Dedication to Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
Preface by Umberto Veronesi
Testimony to Repeal Capital Punishment by Martin O’Malley. Governor of Maryland
Reportage by Elisabetta Zamparutti
Country Status on the death penalty
Act Now
Actions archive
Current Campaigns
Campaigns Archive
Goals
Achievements
GENERAL MOTION OF THE FIFTH CONGRESS OF HOC
RESOLUTION OF THE KIGALI CONFERENCE

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

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

Videos

Publications
Hands Off Cain Headquarters
U.N. RESOLUTION 2008

U.N. RESOLUTION 2007

Appeal To The United Nations
Board of Directors

DECLARATION OF LIBREVILLE
2014 FREETOWN CONFERENCE Final Declaration
THE COTONOU DECLARATION 2014

LETHAL TRADE DOSSIER
DOSSIER IRAQ 2003

DOSSIER ON MORATORIUM
DOSSIER IRAQ 2012

NOBEL LAUREATES APPEAL

DOSSIER USA 2011
Bulletin Board
Sign up
Join appeal
Newsletter
Our Publications

On June 23, 2005, Mexico's House approved a measure striking the death penalty...

January 1, 2009: On June 23, 2005, Mexico's House approved a measure striking the death penalty from the Constitution and inserting language expressly prohibiting capital punishment. By a vote of 412-0, with two abstentions, lawmakers passed a measure approved on March 17 by the Senate. The amendment modified Articles 14 and 22 of the constitution eliminating the possibility of issuing a sentence of death for all the crimes the penalty had been provided for. On November 8, 2005, after this reform was approved by the majority of the Federated States, the Senate adopted a final decree abolishing capital punishment from Mexico’s Constitution. The modification entered into force on December 9, 2005. The Constitution of the United States of Mexico (1917) at Art. 22 stated: "The death penalty is prohibited for political crimes, and, in relation to other crimes, can only be imposed for treason during international war, parricide, first degree murder, arson, kidnapping, banditry, piracy and grave military offences." The preceding offences were considered a threat to society when the Constitution was first introduced, but had then only a symbolic function. The death penalty cannot be applied, in fact, because it was not included in any state or federal code. The military penal code was the only part of Mexico’s statutes that still effectively allowed for the application of capital punishment.
But on April 21, 2005, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approved a bill abolishing the death penalty under military jurisdiction and replacing it with prison terms ranging from 30 to 60 years. With 346 votes in favour, none against, and three abstentions the plenum ratified the amendments to the Code of Military Justice which had already been approved by the Senate in April 2004. The reforms to the Military Code wanted by the government of Vicente Fox and by the higher echelons of the military, replaced capital punishment with between 30 and 60 years imprisonment. The last execution in Mexico took place in 1961, when a soldier, Isaías Constante Laureano, was put to death for the murder of an officer in Saltillo Coahuila. On November 29, 2005, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that suspects facing life in prison can be extradited, overturning a 4-year-old ban that had prevented many of the country's most-notorious criminals from being sent to the US. A 1978 treaty with the US allowed Mexico to deny extradition if a person faced the death penalty. In 2001, the Supreme Court also blocked extradition of suspects facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. On March 31, 2004, the International Court of Justice upheld an appeal presented by Mexico in 2003 and ordered the United States to review the cases of 51 Mexican nationals on death row in ten US states. The Court established that the US violated the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by not informing the accused of their right to legal assistance from their own consulate.
On December 18, 2008 Mexico co-sponsored and voted in favour of the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly.

More news:
DEATH PENALTY: UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S VOTE PRO-MORATORIUM A FURTHER STEP TOWARDS ABOLITION
DEATH PENALTY: THE NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES STAND FOR THE UN MORATORIUM
DEATH PENALTY: COMMENTS ON THE UN VOTE PRO-MORATORIUM
PAKISTAN: TWO TERRORISTS EXECUTED AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ENDED A MORATORIUM ON CAPITAL
PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT REJECTS MERCY APPEAL OF 17 DEATH PENALTY CONVICTS
PAKISTAN PREPARES TO EXECUTE 55 DEATH ROW INMATES
UN: FREEZE FUNDING OF IRAN COUNTER-NARCOTICS EFFORTS
USA: EXECUTIONS, NEW DEATH SENTENCES CONTINUE TO FALL
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI HEROIN TRAFFICKER BEHEADED
PAKISTAN: PRIME MINISTER LIFTS MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AFTER TALIBAN ATTACK
SOUTH SUDAN: SOLDIER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ETHNIC KILLING
SAUDI ARABIA: 2 BEHEADED SAUDIS BRING 2014 EXECUTION TALLY TO 82
MALAYSIA: THREE SENT TO THE GALLOWS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SYRIA: ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADS FOUR MEN FOR BLASPHEMY
SAUDI ARABIA: YEMENI THIEF'S HAND AMPUTATED
News Archive
NORTH KOREA: REFUGEES PARADED IN PYONGYANG, IN A BID TO REFUTE EXECUTION RUMORS
  INDIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR MAN CONVICTED FOR MURDEROUS ACID ATTACK  
  SAUDI ARABIA: FILIPINO BEHEADED FOR MURDER  
  SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING  
  IRAN: A WOMAN AND 3 OTHER PRISONERS HANGED IN KARAJ AND GHAZVIN  
  MISSOURI (USA): PAUL GOODWIN EXECUTED  
news
-
latest actions
-
data base
-
actions
-
who we are
-
registered users
-
credits