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The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Iran: Seven Hanged in One Day

Iran Human Rights (MAR 6 2017): At least seven prisoners were executed in Iran on Saturday March 4.

Four prisoners, including two women, hanged at Rasht's central prison, Lakan, Gilan province, northern Iran


According to close sources, on the morning of Saturday March 4, four prisoners, including two women, were hanged at Rasht's central prison, Lakan. 

These four prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement before their executions. 

Three of these prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges, but no information is available for the other prisoner. Only one of the prisoner names is known, Shah Mohammadi. 

A fifth prisoner was also transferred with them to solitary confinement, but was transferred back to the prison cell after receiving a postponement approval by the complainants on the case file.

Two prisoners hanged at Urmia's central prison, Darya, West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran


According to a report by the human rights new site, HRANA, on the morning of Saturday March 4, a prisoner was hanged at Shahroud Prison (Semnan province, northern Iran) on drug related charges. 

The prisoner has been identified as Ismael Arab Zamani, sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking one kilogram and 800 grams of crystal meth.

Prisoner hanged at Shahroud Prison, Semnan province, northern Iran


According to another report by HRANA, at least two prisoners were hanged on the morning of Saturday March 4 in Urmia's central prison, Darya, on drug related charges. 

The prisoners have been identified as Naji Payam and Eshgh Ali (also known as Ashkan). The report suggests there may have been a third prisoner who was also executed along with Mr. Payam and Ali.

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

Two Prisoners Executed on Murder Charges


Iran Human Rights (MAR 2 2017): On Tuesday February 28, two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran), on murder charges.

According to the human rights nws agency HRANA, the prisoners have been identified as Ali Valizadeh and Afshin Shokati.

Mr. Valizadeh and Mr. Shokati along with two other prisoners, Anvar Ebrahimi and Morteza Bagherzadeh, were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Monday February 27 in prepation of their executions. 

According to HRANA, Mr. Ebrahimi and Mr. Bagherzadeh were not executed. Mr. Ebrahimi's life was reportedly spared after he was pardoned by the murder victim's family. It is not clear why Mr. Bagherzadeh's execution was not carried out.

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced the executions of Ali Valizadeh and Afshin Shokati.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 2-6, 2017

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