The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2015

Following a string of horrific botched executions, the US Supreme Court is considering a case that could lead to a ban on lethal injections. The alternatives are so cruel that they might bring the country closer to abolishing capital punishment. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row

The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2015

Debbie Milke, born in Berlin, was placed in solitary confinement Arizona for 22 years after being falsely convicted of conspiring to kill her son. Following her acquittal, she discusses her experience in prison and a life destroyed by a miscarriage of justice. By Clemens Höges and Antje Windmann more... Comment ]


Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2015

Recent events involving a controversial drug, cruel mistakes and arbitrary, last-minute decisions have exposed the United States' system of capital punishment for exactly what it is: a human rights violation unworthy of a democracy. A Commentary By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2014

There have been several botched executions by lethal injection this year, turning many Americans against the death penalty. Now an Oklahoma politician wants to put death-row convicts to death using a new method: nitrogen asphyxiation. By Markus Feldenkirchen  in Oklahoma City more... Video | Comment ]


529 Steps Back: Egyptian Death Sentences Reveal Deep Societal Rift

529 Steps Back: Egyptian Death Sentences Reveal Deep Societal Rift

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2014

Over 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death last week in the small Egyptian city of Minya. But what really happened? A visit to the town reveals the vast divide in Egyptian society. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The possibility that a common anesthesia drug may soon be used in the United States to execute death-row inmates is causing problems for European pharmaceutical companies. They worry the European Union may soon impose sanctions. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]


Berlinale Behind Bars: Werner Herzog Looks for the Human Side of Death Row

Berlinale Behind Bars: Werner Herzog Looks for the Human Side of Death Row

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2012

Their crimes are monstrous. But renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog seeks to show that death row inmates in the US are not monsters. His new series of documentaries, showing at the Berlin International Film Festival this week, provides a different look at those up for execution. By Miriam Widman more...

Death Penalty Opposition: EU Set to Ban Export of Drug Used in US Executions

Death Penalty Opposition: EU Set to Ban Export of Drug Used in US Executions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2011

States in the US have long been having difficulty gaining access to a drug used in lethal injection cocktails. A new European Union regulation will make it even harder. As of the end of this week, EU pharmaceutical companies will no longer be allowed to export thiopental for use in executions. more...