“River of Fire”: In New Memoir, Sister Helen Prejean Reflects on Decades of Fighting Executions

The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to resume the death penalty after a more than 15-year moratorium. This week Attorney General William Barr proposed fast-tracking executions in mass murder cases, and last month ordered the execution of five death row prisoners beginning in December. The federal government has executed just three people since 1963 — the last being in 2003. The death penalty is widely condemned by national governments, international bodies and human rights groups across the world. Experts say capital punishment does not help deter homicides and that errors and racism in the criminal justice system extend to those sentenced to death. We speak with Sister Helen Prejean, a well-known anti-death-penalty activist who began her prison ministry over 30 years ago. She is the author of the best-selling book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty,” which was turned into an Academy Award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. …

Iran: 6 prisoners hanged in Rasht and Zahedan; 8 executions in past 4 days

The Iranian regime hanged 6 prisoners in Rasht, northern Iran, and Zahedan, southeast Iran, to counter much feared nationwide protests in the current Iranian month of Khordad.

On Monday, May 24, 5 prisoners including a woman were hanged behind the medical center in Rasht prison. The regime has not yet reported the hangings.

Fars news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC/Pasdaran) reported Wednesday, May 26, the execution of a prisoner in Zahedan identified as Jamshid M. He had only been arrested a month ago.

With the latest reports on hangings, the number of executions in past 4 days reaches 8 in Iran.

Rising number of executions, widespread arrest of young people under the cover of so called "social security plan," increasing suppression of women for "improper veiling" and other repressive measures on the brink of anniversary of the Iranian people’s courageous uprising, are aimed at intensifying the atmosphere of intimidation to prevent spread of social upheavals.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations and in particular the UN Secretary General and High Commissioner for Human Rights to take urgent measures to stop the deteriorating trend of human rights violations and rising number of executions in Iran.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, May 27, 2010

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