Execution by elephant was a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia, and particularly in India. Asian elephants were used to crush, dismember, or torture captives in public executions. The animals were trained and versatile, both able to kill victims immediately and to torture them slowly over a prolonged period. Employed by royalty, the elephants were used to signify both the ruler’s absolute power and his ability to control wild animals.
Under international humanitarian law, violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds of civilians and persons not engaged in combat such as detainees is always strictly prohibited and constitutes a war crime. This is irrespective of whether the conflict is an international or non-international conflict.
This is not a fun one to read, so know that going in. (via idroolinmysleep)
US Flag Burned in Morelos in Protest of Texas’ Scheduled Execution of Edgar Tamayo
Members of community organizations blocked the entrance to a McDonald’s and a Burger King restaurant and burned a U.S. flag in downtown Cuernavaca on Thursday in protest of Texas’ scheduled execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias.
“We want to send a clear message, we are asking for an administrative appeal [in favor of] Edgar Arias Tamayo,” said Taurino Castrejon Salgado, a spokesman for Unión de Campesinos y Migrantes of Morelos, which is Tamayo’s homestate.
Edgar Tamayo, 46, is scheduled to be executed on January 22.
Tamayo was sentenced to death by a Texas court for the 1994 murder of a Houston police officer, but in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, was not informed of his right to receive counsel from Mexican officials.
In 2004, Tamayo was one of 51 Mexicans named in Mexico v. United States of America, a lawsuit filed before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Mexico won, and the United States ordered to review the cases involving the 51 Mexican citizens awaiting execution; however, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Medellín v. Texas that decisions from the International Court of Justice were not binding domestic law.
» What happened: In 1995, Buck was convicted of double-murder in Houston, Texas, and sentenced to death. Buck’s guilt is not being disputed; however, during the sentencing phase, a psychologist testified that black criminals are more likely than other races to pose a threat to the public if released. Buck’s lawyers contest that this testimony–which was denounced in 2000 by then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn–played a role in Buck’s sentence, and asked Governor Rick Perry and the district attorney to grant Buck a retrial. Perry and the DA refused the request, but the US Supreme Court intervened today, issuing a stay in his execution just four hours before his execution was set to take place. The court has yet to rule on a request for a resentencing.
This map, compiled using data gathered by the Tuskegee Institute, represents the geographic distribution of lynchings during some of the years when the crime was most widespread in the United States. Tuskegee began keeping lynching records under the direction of Booker T. Washington, who was the institute’s founding leader.
In 1959, Tuskegee defined its parameters for pronouncing a murder a “lynching”: “There must be legal evidence that a person was killed. That person must have met death illegally. A group of three or more persons must have participated in the killing. The group must have acted under the pretext of service to justice, race or tradition.”
In 1900-1931, Georgia led the lynching tally, with Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas rounding out the top seven worst offenders.
If there was ever a domestic terrorist organization, it is the Ku Klux Klan. Anyone who knows anything about the terrible, horrific history of America’s Jim Crow era in deep south knows the way they lynched, raped, burned, and terrorized black people for sport, all because of the color of their skin. Well, this disgusting organization now has a new target: the LGBTQ community. A Louisiana chapter…