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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.
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Saudi Arabia: Nepalese on death row pardoned

RIYADH: A Nepalese migrant worker on death row in the Eastern Province for killing a Pakistani national in Jubail five years ago has been pardoned by his victim’s family.

Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey on Monday praised the decision to forgive 31-year-old Umesh Yadav, who was convicted of killing co-worker Muhammed Wazir in a scuffle.

“Thanks to the Saudi officials and to officials of the Pakistani Embassy who extended all support to us to work out an amicable settlement,” he said.

“A reasonable amount of blood money will be paid to the victim's family.”

Yadav, who comes from a village in Nepal’s Dhanusha district, has his wife and two sons as well as his aging parents back home. He arrived in Jubail in 2006.

About 500,000 Nepalese work in the Kingdom.

Source: ArabNews, January 3, 2011

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