Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

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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