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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: 18-year-old boy hanged in public

Public hanging of an 18-year-old boy
in Ghaemshahr, Iran, Sept. 14, 2013
Iran Human Rights, September 14: An 18-year-old boy was hanged in public in the town of Ghaemshahr (northern Iran) this morning.

According to the state run Iranian news agencies the 18-year-old boy was identified as Erfan Gholinejad and was convicted of a rape committed in April 2013. He was arrested in June 2013 according to the reports.

Depending on Erfan’s exact date of birth, there is a possibility that he was under 18 years of age at the time of committing the alleged crime. Iran Human Rights is currently investigating this matter.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 14, 2013

Photos of the execution (Warning: Graphic Content) - Source: HRA News














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