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 Supreme Court orders mental health evaluation of death row man

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has today ordered doctors to examine Imdad Ali, a death row inmate who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Pakistan recently tried to hang Mr Ali despite having signed international treaties banning the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Although several doctors have already diagnosed Mr Ali with schizophrenia, judges ruled that a five strong panel of psychologists and psychiatrists must carry out a new mental health assessment of Imdad Ali.

Punjab’s Advocate General appeared in person at the Court today and said that they had uncovered Mr Ali’s prison medical records from 2001. However, the Supreme Court refused to look at the government’s own records, saying that prison medical history ‘means nothing’.

Judges asked Mr Ali’s lawyers to provide the Court with a list of competent doctors to conduct a fresh assessment.

The move comes as the Supreme Court reviewed its previous controversial finding in Mr Ali’s case where it had said that schizophrenia was ‘not a mental illness’.

Mr Ali was sentenced to death in 2001 over a shooting and has spent 14 years on death row, with three years in solitary confinement in the jail hospital due to his schizophrenia. A 2013 medical report stated him to be “insane.”

His most recent medical reports in September and October 2016 found him to be suffering from active psychotic symptoms. A psychiatrist at the prison has deemed him “a treatment-resistant case.”

The case continues on Wednesday 16 November.

Commenting, Harriet McCulloch, deputy director of Reprieve’s death penalty team, said:

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s apparent acceptance that executing mentally ill prisoners would breach Pakistan’s commitments under international law. Although further delays are concerning given the amount of evidence showing Imdad Ali is mentally ill, we hope the next hearing will see Imdad’s schizophrenia recognized by the court - and his death sentence commuted once and for all.”

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

Source: Reprieve, November 14, 2016. Reprieve is an international human rights organization.

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