Human rights, religious and anti-death penalty groups are calling on the US state of Texas to stop the execution of a man who may be brain-damaged. Since 1976 the USA has executed 1,188 people. There are 3,300 still on death row.
The last remaining bishop mentioned in a damning official report on the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland to deal with child abuse in its institutions, is facing insistent and repeated calls to step down.
Anti-capital punishment and human rights NGO Reprieve has condemned in the strongest terms the latest state execution in China - that of a mentally ill Briton who supporters say was conned into drug smuggling.
Amnesty International has condemned the “wholly avoidable” deaths of up to 15 people in Iran during the recent Ashoura religious commemorations. The Iranian government has also been criticised for its treatment of protesters.
Anglican Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has strongly criticised the inhuman UK policy on asylum seekers and has also spoken against the anti-homosexuality bill currently going through the Ugandan parliament.
Peace activist Harmeet Singh Sooden has expressed dismay over the Canadian Government's failure to address an official complaint about his mistreatment by Israeli authorities, after taking more than a year to respond.
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, has written a letter to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni expressing concern and alarm at the country's draconian anti-homosexuality bill.