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Arizona: Execution witnesses have First Amendment right to hear entire process, 9th Circuit rules

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that witnesses to Arizona executions have a First Amendment right to hear the entire execution process to help determine if executions are done “in a humane and lawful manner.”
The ruling comes 5 years after the last execution in Arizona ended up with the condemned inmate, Joseph Wood, gasping for almost two hours and in apparent agony behind soundproof glass.
A 3-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the claim, by seven death-row inmates and the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, that the ability to hear what’s happening in the execution room will foster a heightened level of transparency around the death penalty.

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“People might say, ‘That sounds so gory, why do you want to hear what’s happening in there?'” said Morgan Loew, an investigative reporter with CBS 5 in Arizona and the president of the First Amendment Coalition. “What we’re doing is fighting for more access to probably the most …

Three young men hanged in public in the Iranian city of Shiraz

Shiraz public hanging
April 16, 2011 - Iran Human Rights
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Iran Human Rights, April 16: Three young men were hanged in public in the Iranian city of Shiraz, reported the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

According to the report the men identified as "Abolfazl Faraei" (28), "Reza Roshanfekr" (27) and "Seyed Rokneddin Karimi" (28) were convicted of killing security officers two years ago. They were also convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery said the report.

The charges have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR, condemned today’s hangings and said: "Public hanging is a barbaric act that should not be tolerated by the world community in 2011". He added: "Public hanging is also an offence against the society and is solely meant to spread fear in the society".

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 16, 2011 - [فارسى]


Four Iranians hanged in public

Shiraz public hanging
April 16, 2011 - Iran Human Rights
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Tehran - Four Iranian men were hanged in public on Saturday in the southern province of Fars for armed robbery, kidnapping and murder, the Mehr news agency reported.

Three were executed in the city of Shiraz for armed robbery, kidnapping and murdering two security personnel, the report said.

A fourth man was hanged in Takhteh Kenar for murdering eight people, it added.

The latest hangings bring to 97 the number of executions so far this year in Iran, according to an AFP count based on media reports. [According to sources contacted by this blog, at least 92 executions were carried out in Iran in January 2011 alone.]

Iranian media reported 179 hangings last year

In 2009, 388 people were executed, according to international human rights groups, making Iran second only to China in the number of people it put to death.

The Islamic republic says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order and is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

Source: AFP, April 16, 2011
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