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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
How does a death row inmate experience his final hours?
Speaking about the final ho…

Iran: 10 Hanged at Rajai-Shahr Prison in One Day

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 15, 2018: Ten prisoners were executed at Rajai-Shahr Prison on Wednesday, November 14.
According to the IHR sources, Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmaeel Ghasemi who were hanged on economic corruption charges were among them. Eight others were executed on murder charges.
Vahid Mazloumin, dubbed the "sultan of coins" by media, was a trader accused of manipulating the currency market. Mohammad Esmaeel Ghasemi was allegedly part of Mazloumin's network and had been involved in the sale of gold coins, Mizan reported.
Of note, Iran Human Rights (IHR) had strongly condemned the executions for the charges of economic corruption. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the Director and spokesperson for the organization, said: "The death penalty is an inhumane punishment, and the international law prohibits death sentence for economic corruption, which is not considered as the most serious crimes.  Besides, the prisoners were sentenced to death as a result…

Left behind to rot: Bali ‘Five’ to die in jail

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The miserable have no other medicine But only hope: I have hope to live, and am prepared to die.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

There have been two executions, one cancer death and a deportation. Now it’s down to the Bali Five, who may never get out of Indonesia alive.
Executed, executed, dead, deported: the Bali Nine will soon be down to the Bali Five and none of those young men are ever likely to get out of Indonesia alive.
Following the 2015 deaths by firing squad of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the cancer death in May of Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen and Renae Lawrence’s imminent release, only five of the original drug conspirators remain.
It is more than 13 years since nine young Australians made world headlines attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin strapped to their bodies out of Bali’s Denpasar airport.
The remaining five are still reasonably young men: Michael Czugaj and Matthew Norman, 32, Scott Rush and Si Yi Chen, 33, and Martin Stephens, 42.
Each one is serving …

Darlie Routier: New DNA tests are underway

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Darlie Routier, 48, has been on death row in Texas for more than 20 years following her conviction for the murder of her 5-year-old son, Damon. Her six-year-old son, Devon, was also stabbed to death on June 6, 1996, but Routier was never tried for his murder. Routier had told police an intruder broke into the home, killed her sons and then slashed her neck before fleeing. Prosecutors contended that Routier was angry over money problems and the burdens of motherhood. Routier's attorney says DNA evidence in the case, including blood specks, is undergoing testing in a state crime lab.
More than two decades after a mother-of-three from Texas was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering her five-year-old son, she believes she may finally be able to prove her innocence through a new round of DNA testing.
Darlie Lynn Routier was 27 years old in 1997 when a jury found her guilty of stabbing to death her middle son, Damon, on June 6, 1996, inside the family's the home in the Dall…

Saudi Arabia to Seek Death Penalty for 5 Accused in Khashoggi Killing

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday that he was requesting the death penalty for five people suspected of involvement in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul.
Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, a spokesman for the public prosecutor said that the 15-man team sent to confront Mr. Khashoggi had orders to return him to the kingdom, but instead made a decision on the spot to kill him after he resisted and to dismember his body.
The Saudi prosecutor’s account on Thursday appeared to contradict previous statements from both the Saudi government and senior White House officials about Saudi conclusions regarding the killing on Oct. 2 of Mr. Khashoggi, a Virginia resident who wrote columns for The Washington Post that were critical of some Saudi policies.
Before Thursday, the Saudis had most recently acknowledged evidence from Turkey that Mr. Khashoggi was killed in a deliberate, premeditated …

India votes against UN General Assembly draft resolution on use of death penalty

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United Nations: India has voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution on the use of death penalty, saying it goes against the statutory law of the country where an execution is carried out in the "rarest of rare" cases.
The draft resolution, taken up in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the General Assembly Tuesday, was approved with a recorded vote of 123 in favour, 36 against and 30 abstentions.
India was among the countries that voted against the resolution, which would have the Assembly call on all States to respect international standards on the rights of those facing death penalty and ensure that it is not applied on the basis of discriminatory laws or as a result of discriminatory or arbitrary application of the law.
First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi, giving the country's explanation of vote, said the resolution sought to promote a moratorium on executions with the aim of abolishing death pe…

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz assaults detention officer at county jail

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer’s electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday.
Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Jail records show Cruz now is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and use of an “electric or chemical weapon against an officer.”
The 20-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people and wounded 17 others. He’s pleaded not guilty in the shooting, but his lawyers say he would plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence.
According to the assault arrest report, Cruz attacked Beltran after he was told to “not drag his sandals around” while walking in a jail dayroom. Cruz responded, the rep…

Texas executes Robert Moreno Ramos

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Lawyers for Ramos had argued that he wasn’t aware of his rights under an international treaty, and therefore didn't receive proper legal counsel during his trial and sentencing.
Texas executed Robert Moreno Ramos by lethal injection on Wednesday evening, amid his lawyers’ continued pleas up until the final hour that the case be re-examined for legal violations from 25 years ago.
Ramos, 64, was convicted of capital murder in March 1993 for the February 1992 killings of his wife, Leticia, 42, and their two children, Abigail, 7, and Jonathon, 3, in Hidalgo County.

Ramos, a Mexican national, beat his wife and children with a miniature sledgehammer, and then buried them under the bathroom floor in the family’s Progreso home, according to trial evidence.
Ramos’ case had been a point of contention in both district and federal courts for years, due to requirements of an international treaty. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations mandates that when an immigrant is arrested and held i…

Texas to execute Mexican national on Wednesday, amid pleas for case review

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Lawyers for convicted killer Robert Moreno Ramos have argued that he wasn’t aware of his rights under an international treaty, and therefore didn't receive proper legal counsel during his trial and sentencing.
Texas plans to carry out the execution of Robert Moreno Ramos by lethal injection on Wednesday evening, amid his lawyers’ continued pleas that the case be re-examined for legal violations from 25 years ago.
Ramos, 64, was convicted of capital murder in March 1993 for the February 1992 killings of his wife, Leticia, 42, and their 2 children, Abigail, 7, and Jonathon, 3, in Hidalgo County. 
Ramos, a Mexican national, beat his wife and children with a miniature sledgehammer, and then buried them under the bathroom floor in the family’s Progreso home, according to trial evidence.
Ramos’ case has been a point of contention in both district and federal courts for years, due to requirements of an international treaty. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations mandates that when a…