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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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Tennessee death row inmate dies of natural causes

A Tennessee inmate who has been on death row since 1983 died of natural causes Monday at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Officials said Walter L. Caruthers was pronounced dead shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Caruthers was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping and murdering a female hitchhiker in Knox County.

He was sentenced to death on Feb. 8, 1983.

The Department of Corrections said an autopsy will be performed, as is required for all in custody deaths.

Source: WBIR, January 31, 2017

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