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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 beheads man convicted of murder

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed a man convicted of murder in the Kingdom's southwest, the Interior Ministry said.

Abulrahman Al-Qarni shot dead fellow Saudi Mushabab Al-Khathami during a dispute, said the ministry statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The man was beheaded in the town of Al-Baha in southwestern Saudi Arabia, SPA reported.

The execution brings to six the number of death sentences carried out in the Kingdom so far in 2012, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

The Kingdom applies the death penalty for a wide range of offenses, including rape, murder, armed robbery and drug trafficking.

Sources: Arab News, Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, 2012

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