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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: Stoning Sentence for a Woman and a Man, Increasing Sentences of Brutal Amputations, Flogging

Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
The criminal judiciary of the clerical regime in the Lorestan province sentenced a man and a woman to barbaric punishment of stoning (Kashkan state website, February 4, 2017). 

In another incident,Yoiusef Parvaneh, a 70 year old prisoner, has been transferred from Karaj Ghezel Hessar prison to Orumiyeh Central prison for carrying out the inhumane amputation of his fingers. 

His alleged charge is theft in 2009. Since the plaintiff in the case is a criminal revolutionary guard, the regime’s judiciary ignored the appeal of this prisoner and intends to carry out the sentence.

The judiciary of the regime has sentenced two brothers in Yazd, in addition to life imprisonment, to flogging and hand amputation. (state run Mizan news agency, January 17, 2017)

Also a young woman in Tehran has been sentenced to a year in exile and 99 lashes for having a “telephone conversation with a man” (Rokna site – February 4, 2017).

Authorities of two sites in Rasht were sentenced respectively to 114 and 40 lashes for insulting a so-called representative of the regime (Asr Iran newspaper February 4, 2017). 

On January 18, a reporter in Shahroud was sentenced to 40 lashes. Earlier, the sentence of 40 lashes in the case of another reporter in Najaf Abad was implemented.

Javad Larijani, the so-called president of the human rights commission in the Judiciary who has no other role than theorizing torture and execution in this regime, in defense of these brutal sentences ridiculously described the Velayeat Faqih regime as “the biggest democracy in Western Asia” and with the usual flagrancy of the regime officials stressed that the regime “is not afraid of human rights offensives”. (state run Mehr news agency, January 17, 2017).

The religious fascism ruling Iran is the disgrace of contemporary humanity and should be ostracized from the family of nations. 

The file of catastrophic situation of human rights in Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council and leaders of the regime must be held accountable for their black record of their crimes.


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