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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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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: At least 5 hanged in 2 days

Watching a public hanging in Iran
Watching a public hanging in Iran
At Least 5 Prisoners Hanged in 2 Days (East Azerbaijan and Kerman)

On Tuesday November 10, 3 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Baft Prison on alleged rape charges. 

A day earlier, 2 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Tabriz Prison on alleged murder charges.

An official report by Kerman's Judicial Department identifies the 3 prisoners from Baft as: E.M., A.A., and N.H. Although Iranian official sources have been silent on the 2 executions carried out in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network identifies the prisoners as: Rahim Ahmadi and Mohammad Ali Moradi.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2015


IHR Condemns Execution of 3 Iranians in Saudi Arabia

Iran Human Rights condemns the execution of 3 Iranian citizens in Saudi Arabia. 

They were reportedly beheaded by Saudi authorities on alleged drug charges. 

According to a statement released by the Saudi Ministry of Interior, the executions were carried out on Monday November 9 in the city of Dammam, capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. 

The 3 Iranians have been identified as: Bani Bakhsh, Mohammad Akram Baluch, and Omid Boolideh.

"The death penalty is an inhumane punishment and we condemn it for all charges, regardless of where it happens. 

Based on international human rights laws, the death penalty may only be carried out for the most serious crimes, and drug related offenses are not considered to be among the most serious," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2015


West Azerbaijan: Prisoner Hanged by Crane in Public

On the morning of Monday November 9, a prisoner identified as "A.S." was hanged by crane in public on rape charges. The hanging was reportedly carried out in Khoy, West Azerbaijan.

The news of the hanging, including the photos, were published by Azarnegah, an official Iranian state-run news site.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 10, 2015

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