Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Iran: Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed Amid Allegations of Unfair Trial

According to unofficial reports, Mansour Arvand, a Kurdish political prisoner was hanged to death on Sunday in Miandoab Prison. Arvand's brother, Esmaeil, confirmed the reports to Iran Human Rights and added, "My brother was not accused of any acts of violence in his case file."

Iranian authorities arrested Arvand on June 14, 2010 and sentenced him to death for "Working with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran", "Propaganda against the regime", and "Moharebeh."

Authorities reportedly did not allow Arvand a visit with his family prior to executing him. Confirmed sources say the authorities had previously communicated to Arvand that his death sentence was commuted to life in prison.

Iran Human Rights condemns the execution of Mansour Arvand and calls on the Iranian authorities to try individuals who have been arrested and imprisoned for politically motivated offenses fairly and openly in the presence of reporters and a jury.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 17, 2015

6 Prisoners Hanged in Uremia

6 prisoners have been hanged on charge of drug trafficking in the prison of Uremia.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ali and Osman Amini, 2 brothers and Mansur Fatehi Rad have been hanged along with 3 other prisoners in the Central Prison of Uremia on June 11th.

The identities of the 3 other prisoners are still unknown for HRANA.

One of HRANA's sources said that the number of executed prisoners in the Central Prison of Uremia since the beginning of Iranian New Year (March 22, 2015) is 28 which is more than the whole number of the last year.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, June 17, 2015

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