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…

Pacquiao Throws Political Punch, Wants Death Penalty By Hanging

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
According to GMA News, Manny Pacquiao has come out politically swinging in his new role as a senator in the Philippines.

Pacquiao will be pushing for the death penalty to be carried out by hanging.

He believes death by hanging is more "humane" not only for the criminal being executed but for the medical personnel who are forced to assist in carrying out the death sentence despite their personal beliefs and convictions.

"For me the death penalty should be by hanging. The law should also state that doctors are not allowed to kill people," Pacquiao told reporters when asked for his opinion on the subject.

Pacquiao also told reporters that he feels the death penalty should be imposed on crimes such as rape with murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and robbery with murder.

The eight division world champion retired from the sport of boxing in April, after winning a twelve round decision over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao said his main motivation to retire was to pursue a full-time career in politics back home. He secured a senatorial seat in the May elections.

In recent weeks there have been discussions of a potential comeback in the fall.

While the date and venue have been set aside, there is still no confirmation that Pacquiao will be capable of returning this year. His busy schedule as a senator may prevent him from being able to hold an adequate training camp or participate in promotional functions that are required for the event.

Source: Boxing Scene, Edward Chaykovsky, July 5, 2016

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