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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

March 20, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 12

 

 

Indonesia: An Indonesian woman, formerly a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia, returned home last month.  She has spent the last 10 years on death row in Saudi prison for "casting a magic spell on her employer and his family.  "She was pardoned by King Abdullah.  

 

Iran:On Sunday, March 16, 2014, a prisoner, identified by initials only was executed by hanging at the prison of Semnan in Northern Iran.  He was convicted of murder.  

 

Japan:The Matsue branch of the Hiroshima High Court has upheld the death penalty for 40-year-old Miyuki Ueta who is convicted of killing two men in 2009.  The evidence in her case is mainly circumstantial.  Miyuki owed money to 47-year-old drug truck driver Kazumi Yabe and 57-year-old electronic store owner Hideki Maruyama.  Allegedly, Miyuki used sleeping pills to drug Kazumi, who she then drowning in the ocean.  Hideki was drowned in a river later that year.  

 

Saudi Arabia: There are approximately 40 Indonesian domestic workers on death row in Saudi Arabia.  Indonesian women are often brought to Saudi Arabia after having been sponsored by their employers to obtain a visa.  The status of their visa is tied to the person who has given them a job.  The nation finds it difficult to monitor the status of domestic workers.  Most of those arrested and imprisoned claim self defense against physical or sexual abuse.   The nation finds it difficult to monitor the working conditions of domestic workers, many of whom work from dawn until night, with no day off, and up to 100 hours a week.  They do not receive overtime pay and often lack adequate food.  They sleep in kitchens or tiny rooms and receive no compensation for work related injuries.  A recent agreement between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia will provide better working conditions.  Workers will have access to their passports and be allowed to communicate with their families.  Additionally, works will be paid monthly and have time.  

 

Pakistan:In 2009, Asia Bibi was accused of and convicted in 2010, of blasphemy.  Asia, a Catholic, was convicted of abusing two Muslim co-workers, Islam, and the prophet Muhammad.  Asia denies the claims.  The former Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer and Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were both murdered for voicing their support of Asia and for calling for blasphemy laws to be reformed.  In the predominantly Muslim country, religious minorities, such as Asia, often live in constant fear of punishment for their beliefs.  Human rights groups assert that blasphemy laws are often misused and false charges are used to settle personal differences or to seize property and businesses.  

 

United States of America:Ray Jasper III was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  He was 33 years of age.  Ray was executed for the murder of David Alejandro in San Antonio, Texas.  

 

Robert Lavern Henry was executed by the state of Florida on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  He was 55 years of age.  Robert was executed for the murder of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor, both of whom he worked with at Deerfield Beach fabric store.  

 

The execution of two Oklahoma inmates, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, has been rescheduled until next month due to the states inability to obtain the necessary execution drugs.  

 

Ohio inmate Gregory Lott was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  His execution has been rescheduled to November 19, 2014.  No explanation for the reprieve was given but it is suspected that the delay was granted to allow Ohio time to review their execution procedures following the controversial execution of Dennis McGuire.  

 

Glenn Ford was released for Louisiana's famed Angola prison last week, after spending 30 years on death row for a murder he did not commit.  One of the first things he wanted to do was eat.  His first meal included a Krispy Kreme doughnut, from a gas station.  It may not be glamorous but for a man who has had every action of life dictated to him for the past 30 years, it was an exercise of freedom.  

 

Texas' current supply of execution drugs are set to expire at the end of the month, but they have now found a new supplier, allowing them to continue carrying out executions.  Prison officials have refused to name the company from which they procured the drugs to protect the safety of the supplier.  

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