Countries which continue to use the death penalty are being left increasingly isolated following a decade of progress towards abolition, Amnesty International has said today in its new report Death Sentences and Executions in 2010.
A total of 31 countries abolished the death penalty in law or in practice during the last 10 years but China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA and Yemen remain amongst the most frequent executioners, some in direct contradiction of international human rights law.
The total number of executions officially recorded by Amnesty International in 2010 went down from at least 714 people in 2009 to at least 527 in 2010, excluding China.
China is believed to have executed thousands in 2010 but continues to maintain its secrecy over its use of the death penalty.
“The minority of states that continue to systematically use the death penalty were responsible for thousands of executions in 2010, defying the global anti-death penalty trend,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
“While executions may be on the decline, a number of countries continue to pass death sentences for drug-related offences, economic crimes, sexual relations between consenting adults and blasphemy, violating international human rights law forbidding the use of the death penalty except for the most serious crimes,” said Salil Shetty. Continue reading Death Penalty in 2010: Executing countries left isolated after decade of progress
2010 VH1 Divas Salute The Troops, presented by the USO, will air on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.
The 2010 Divas show gives the “Divas” franchise a military makeover by partnering with the USO to bring the iconic event to America’s troops and their families. Drawing from the tone of the original USO shows and using Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego as home base, this year’s VH1 Divas show will be a unique and uplifting version of VH1’s high profile signature event.
Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson and Sugarland will perform in front of thousands of men and women in uniform at MCAS Miramar Taking the effort overseas to thank troops serving in remote locations, Paramore will visit Marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, coast guardsmen and reservists stationed at an undisclosed military base in the Middle East.
The USO Presents “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” will be an event unlike anything seen before, featuring a night of unforgettable performances from various performers, presenters and special guests as well as commentary from troops stationed on the front lines and “exclusive” USO tour footage shot overseas. This year’s show is a female-fronted superstar spectacle that is fun, irreverent and will also include a “few good men.”
Additional information about the 2010 VH1 Divas show and the featured artists will be released in the upcoming weeks and can be found at Divas.VH1.com and USO.org.
By the way, while I was roaming around Paramore.net I’ve found this great calender in their store. Click on the pic and buy it! 🙂