Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

More legal aid given to OFW on death sentence in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi court
Abu Dhabi court
Additional legal assistance has been assured to the Filipina household service worker (HSW), who was sentenced to death by execution in the UAE.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with Jennifer Dalquez last week during his 3-day UAE trip, reported Manila Bulletin.

"I instructed our Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) there, and Philippine recruitment agencies to provide Dalquez additional lawyers to see to it that her rights are well protected," Bello reportedly said.

Dalquez was sentenced to death by a UAE court after she killed her employer in 2014 for allegedly attempting to rape her, the report said.

Her appeal is pending at the UAE Court of First Instance which rescheduled the release of its decision on the case from Feb. 27 to March 27.

Bello was quoted as saying that Dalquez has a high chance of having her sentence lowered if she will be forgiven by the 2 children of her employer.

If they do, he reportedly said, there is a possibility that her death sentence will be commuted to a lower penalty of imprisonment. This could be life imprisonment or for 30 years.

Bello said he may return to UAE later this month to check on the status of Dalquez before the decision of the UAE court.

In a related development, Bello said he ordered the labor attache in UAE to fast-track the repatriation of the 48 run-away overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in UAE, said the news portal.

The recruitment agencies responsible for the deployment of the OFWs have already committed to pay for the repatriation, Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying.

Source: The Filipino Times, March 7, 2017

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