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…

Iran: Responsibility of carrying out judicial blinding placed on 11-year-old victim

"Fatemeh, 11, once again a victim due to the inhumane Iranian Sharia law."
"Fatemeh, 11, once again a victim due to the inhumane Iranian Sharia law."
A young girl blinded at the age of four chooses to approve the implementation of her attacker's retribution sentence.

Iran Human Rights (NOV 24 2016): Fatemeh, an 11-year-old girl who was blinded at the age of four by her uncle, is once again a victim due to the inhumane Iranian law of Qisas (retribution).

The blinding retribution sentence for a man who had blinded Fatemeh on July 8, 2009 was reportedly carried out two weeks ago in a prison in the Tehran area

In accordance with Iran's Islamic Penal Code, the age of maturity for females is 9 and for males is 15. As a result, the responsibility of the retribution sentence was placed on the shoulders of Fatemeh.

"I didn't know what to do, but when I was reminded of the moment that I was blinded with acid, I decided to implement the sentence, so I may send the message that the punishment of such a bitter action is retribution, and that nobody can get away after ruining someone else's life," said Fatemeh in an interview with Iranian state-run media.

At the age of four, Fatemeh was a victim of violence and brutality against children. 

With the implementation of the retribution sentence, Fatemeh is a victim again. She will have to live knowing that she is responsible for the blinding of a human being.

The retribution sentence requires the victim or the family of the victim to decide whether to forgive or approve the implementation of the sentence. When the victim or their family chooses to forgive, the offender is typically released shortly after, and justice is not served. 

If the victim or family approve the implementation of the sentence, they could experience mental health problems and thus become victims again.

"The retribution law, or Qisas, promotes violence and places the responsibility of the death penalty or other inhumane punishments, such as blinding, on ordinary citizens, including children. It is time that this inhumane law is abolished, and we call on the international community to help make this possible," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 24, 2016

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