Three years ago, a death sentence against Vladislav Kovalyov was carried out in Belarus. Kovalyov had been convicted of carrying out a subway bombing. His mother still does not know where her son was buried.
Germany's foreign minister has said hopes to increase EU-Belarus ties during a visit to Minsk. It was the first time in seven years that a German foreign minister held bilateral talks with the Russia-allied country.
A series of court rulings have effectively suspended the execution of several inmates in Arkansas. But human rights groups have warned of authorities' disregard for human life "by rushing prisoners to their deaths."
Irrespective of what Pakistan's top court will rule on the blasphemy-accused Christian woman Asia Bibi's case, it will be viewed globally from a human rights perspective. A crucial test for the country.
The number of countries that no longer apply the death penalty continues to grow. Yet the global execution count is also on the rise. That is primarily the fault of four countries, DW's Matthias von Hein writes.
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