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…

Pakistan stays execution of mentally ill prisoner

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a severely mentally ill man who was due to be hanged this Wednesday (2nd).

Imdad Ali has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Recent prison medical assessments have described Mr Ali as “insane”, and concluded that his is “a treatment-resistant case.” The execution of mentally ill people is illegal under Pakistani and international law, but despite this, the Pakistani authorities had scheduled Mr Ali’s hanging for this week.

This morning, the Supreme Court postponed Mr Ali’s hanging after a fresh petition from his lawyers at the Justice Project Pakistan, and following an intervention in support of Mr Ali from the government of Punjab province, where he is held. In a rare move, the Court has now decided to review its own recent judgment, in which judges dismissed Mr Ali’s appeal and paved the way for his execution. The fresh hearing is set to take place in the second week of November.

The news follows growing calls to save Mr Ali. This weekend, over 60 lawyers from common-law countries around the world – including the USA, UK, India, Singapore, Nigeria, Botswana and Malawi – wrote to Pakistan’s President urging him to halt Mr Ali’s execution. It also emerged that members of the European Parliament have noted that Pakistan’s special trade relationship with the European Union could be under threat from the country’s executions drive, which has seen over 400 people hanged in the last two years.

Commenting, Maya Foa, a director at human rights organization Reprieve, which is assisting Mr Ali, said: “The Supreme Court’s decision to stay Imdad’s hanging and review its ruling on the execution of the mentally ill is extremely welcome. This exceptional case has drawn attention from around the world, and it’s a great relief that Imdad has been temporarily spared from the gallows. It is now to be hoped that the Court will heed international and Pakistani law and refuse to allow the execution of this severely mentally ill man.” 

More information about Mr Ali's case can be seen at the Reprieve website.

Source: Reprieve, October 31, 2016. Reprieve is an international human rights organization.

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