File - Activists from the National Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty protest against the death penalty in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Protesting some 100 meters away were a group of people – including Aya – that would go on to form the Justice and Mercy Association (AJEM), a local organization that works with death row prisoners.Three more hangings and a decadelong de facto moratorium later, Lebanon no longer kills criminals to punish them.As a result, Lebanon is among 58 countries that retain the death penalty, according to Amnesty International, compared to 140 countries that are abolitionist either in law or practice. Enshrined in Articles 37 and 43 of the penal code, the death penalty is largely applied to either homicides or crimes related to national security, such as terrorism or spying. Since 2004, another 54 people have been given the death sentence and can no longer appeal against it, according to AJEM.Although far from an activist on the issue beforehand, Najjar refused and instead began work on an abolition bill.Out of 14 signatories to the last decade's four abolitionist draft bills, 10 were Christian.According to ALEF, the death penalty was requested for 196 people in 2012, some 148 of which were for those involved in the Nahr al-Bared clashes. In 2013, the death penalty was requested in much fewer cases, just 56 – 21 of which were for espionage and at least nine for terrorism.
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