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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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Iran: Five executed, including 2 Afghan nationals

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4 Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

4 prisoners, including 2 Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges.

According to a report by the human right news agency HRANA, the executions were carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report identifies one of the prisoners as Habib Khazayi. The names of the other three prisoners are not known at this time.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced these 4 executions. It is not clear whether these prisoners received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

"Young Man" Executed on Murder Charges


A young man was reportedly hanged at Jiroft Prison (Kerman province, southern Iran) on murder charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency Jaam-e Jam, the execution was carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report claims the young man was sentenced to death for the murder of his step parents. 

The prosecutor's office and the revolutionary court in Jiroft have identified the prisoner only by the initials "M.Sh."

Although Iranian official sources have described the prisoner as a young man, they have not released his exact age. It is not clear whether the prisoner received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2017

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