Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Prison chaplains share reasons for their opposition to the death penalty

Missouri death chamber
Missouri death chamber
The Rev. Sam Duckworth said his opposition to the death penalty began at age 6 when he saw a man beaten to death by a plantation owner in Mississippi.

"The plantation owner would administrate the justice. He was the judge, the arrestor, accuser, prosecutor and executor," Duckworth said. "I opposed the death penalty from that day on, watching someone get whooped to death."

His wife, Patricia, made the same decision after seeing the man who murdered her niece in the courtroom.

"I had some very mixed emotions sitting there in that courtroom not knowing," said Patricia Duckworth.

"I had this pull on me where I thought, 'This man deserves to die for what he did,' and then my heart is saying, 'No, maybe he shouldn't.'"

The Duckworths and a 3rd chaplain discussed the death penalty and their experiences with death row inmates on Saturday at the Unitarian-Universalist Church. The panel discussion was organized by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The 3 panelists have been affiliated with the Potosi Correctional Center, a maximum security facility in Washington County.

They all agreed that inmates can change during long prison sentences, so the individual facing execution may not be the same as the one who committed the crime.

"Sometimes executions might take 20 to 25 years," Patricia Duckworth said. "In that time, sometimes you see a person that's become a new creature."

The panel also noted that executions contradict the purpose of the restorative justice programs underaken by inmates.

Since Missouri allows death row inmates to take part in the restorative justice system, they shouldn't be suddenly cut off from it, said the Rev. Herb Conley.

"If you are going to give a man a chance to restore himself, and he does, then why shouldn't he have the right to continue to be a part of that community?" he said.

Conley said he didn't have an abrupt awakening to an opposition to the death penalty, but his advocacy is no less strong.

In an unprecedented move for a chaplain, he said he submitted affidavits to Gov. Jay Nixon in unsuccessful attempts to stop 2 executions during his time in Potosi.

Patricia Duckworth cited the case of a death row inmate in Potosi named Leon Taylorwho was able to transform himself during his time in prison through religion, she said. He was playing guitar in the worship band when his execution date was set.

"I saw the effects that he had on the other inmates," she said. "He modeled before them just what the Lord had placed in his spirit and how he was going to carry on."

Taylor asked both Duckworths to witness his execution. Patricia Duckworth credited God and Taylor's transformation for their ability to watch his death.

"Some of those hearts in the prison are actually changed," she said. "Leon Taylor was one of those people."

The death penalty no longer serves its intended purpose as a deterrent to violent crime, Conley said.

"If we want to do it as a deterrent, we need to do it like we used to - put them out there in a hanging or a guillotine and let the whole world see," he said.

Source: Columbia Missourian, June 5, 2016

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