June 9, 2017

IDPN 2017 Issue 23

China: In many developed nations, organ transplants are given by voluntary donors. This often leads to long waiting lists. All too often, organs never come. In China, the practice for decades has been to harvest organs from those who are executed. The exact number of individuals executed each year in China is unknown, due to the secrecy surrounding executions in China. However, many of those who are executed are believed to be political opponents or those with differing religious or cultural beliefs. Often, these prisoners do not consent to being donors before they are executed. In recent years, China has promised to reform the practice, however it is still actively being practices, largely due to the high demand for organs, which far exceeds supply.

A new cybersecurity law has gone into effect in China. According the law, “important information” is to be protected, however the law does not define what is considered “important information.” One of the penalties for failing to follow the law is the death penalty. It is commonly thought that “important information” refers to state secrets, intellectually property, and consumers’ personal information. Additionally, the law requires that Chinese citizens’ “personal information” and “important data” must now be stored on servers located within China. If companies deem it necessary to store such information or servers outside of China, they must first undergo a security assessment.



Saudi Arabia: Human rights groups are accusing Saudi Arabia of using the death penalty to settle scores and crush dissent under the guise maintaining national security. Specifically, 14 individuals of the Shia community have recently had their death sentences upheld from protest-related crimes. International human rights groups have alleged that the trials for these individuals were unfair. Shia Muslims are a minority group in the kingdom.



United Arab Emirates: Ten Indians have been removed from death row in the nation after a sum of money was paid to the family of the victim. All ten Indians were convicted of murdering a Pakistani man over a bootlegging feud. An Indian businessman, based in Dhabi, paid the bloody money due to the poverty of the men on death row.



United States of America: On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Robert Melson was executed by the state of Alabama. His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. Robert is convicted of the murder of 18-year-old Tamika Collins, 17-year-old James Nathaniel Baker, and 23-year-old Darryl Collier on April 16, 1994, in Gadsden, Alabama. To read more about Robert, click here.

Emilia Carr has been resentenced to life in prison in Florida, without the possibility of parole. She was previously on death row in Florida. She was resentenced after the state refused to seek a new death penalty sentencing trial against her. Emilia is convicted of kidnapping and murdering 26-year-old Heather Strong in 2009. Emilia’s boyfriend, Joshua Fulgham, who was the estranged husband of Heather, was also convicted of the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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