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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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Iran: man hanged in public in Karaj

Iran Human Rights, January 31: One man was hanged publicly in the courtyard of the Karaj police department early Tuesday morning, January 31.

According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, the man was identified as "H. M." and convicted of driving over and killing a police officer in Karaj in 2009.

According to the reports from the human rights group "Human rights and democracy activists in Iran" the prisoner who was executed today was "Hassan Armin (Mafi)".

According to this report Hassan, who was a coach in kick boxing, was paralysed in both his lower extremities as a result of being beaten while he was in the prison.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Feb. 1, 2012

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