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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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Northwestern Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Two prisoners were hanged on drug charges and another two on murder charges at Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (JAN 24 2017): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Monday January 23. 

According to close sources, the prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges. 

Close sources have identified these prisoners as Osman Ghavitasi and Hamed Hamdollah.

The human rights news agencies HRANA and the Kurdistan Human Rights Network have reported on the execution of two prisoners at Urmia's central prison on Saturday January 21. 

According to these reports, the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges, and one of the men had disabilities and was unable to move without a wheelchair. 

The two prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Friday January 20 in preparation for their executions. Information about them:

Ghabl Ali Bapeir
Sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking 300 grams of heroin.
Was detained in the prison's clinic due to his disabilities and illnesses.

Sina Hosseinpour
22 years old
Was detained in the juvenile offenders ward
Sentenced to death for possession and trafficking drugs.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 24, 2017

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