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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Iran: Mass Execution of 11 Prisoners in Two Days in Mashhad, Rasht and Khorramabad

NCRI - The inhuman clerical regime in an inhuman crime hanged six prisoners at Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad on November 6, 2016. 

On the same day, Ali Mozaffari, head of the 'Judiciary' in Khorasan Razavi province, described execution, massacre and suppression in line with "enhancing public safety" and threatened more strict actions, saying: "With any disorder, oppositional disorder, breaking public comfort ... he will deal decisively ". (State run Young Reporters Club – November 6)

On November 5, three prisoners in Rasht Central Prison and two prisoners in Khorramabad Parsilon Prison were hanged. 

Father of Aref Ali Nasab, 27, who was executed in Rasht prison, had pleaded for his stay of execution before his execution in a tape. 

Aref’s friends in Rasht Malavan football team also made a large banner calling for his execution to be canceled.

Iranian Resistance calls on all human rights organizations to take urgent action to deal with the trend of mass and arbitrary executions in Iran. 

The dossier of human rights in Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council, and deals with this regime must be made contingent upon a halt to executions.


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