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…

Saudi spin over juvenile on death row Ali al-Nimr

The Saudi Arabian authorities have tried to distract from their illegal use of the death penalty by publicising the brief visit of Ali al-Nimr, a young man sentenced to death for attending a protest when he was just 17, to see his father in hospital.

Ali's father Mohammad was shot in the leg by Saudi Arabian security forces during a brutal crackdown on opposition in Al-Awamiyah in eastern Saudi Arabia. Mohammad al-Nimr tweeted a photograph of Ali by his bedside on Friday.

Despite the fact they were responsible for his father's injuries, the Saudi authorities only allowed Ali to visit for one hour before returning him to prison with the threat of execution still hanging over him. Ali was escorted by Saudi security forces throughout his visit.

Commenting, Maya Foa, director of Reprieve, said: "This is a cynical piece of Saudi spin. Ali should be permanently back with his family and if they had any compassion or sense of justice, King Salman and Crown Prince bin Nayef would admit he should never have been convicted of any crime and release him and all other juveniles from the threat of execution immediately. A one hour visit to hospital cannot make up for years of abuse suffered by innocent young protestors."

Ali's death sentence was confirmed by Saudi Arabia's controversial Specialised Criminal Court in 2015, following an internationally-condemned trial in which a confession extracted under torture was relied upon. Ali is among several juveniles facing execution for participating in protests, including Dawood al-Marhoun, just 17, and Abdullah al-Zahra, just 15, when he was arrested.

The Saudis have launched a widely criticised military campaign in the town of al- Awamiyah in Al-Qatif, which has seen dozens injured and condemnation by the UN.

On 6 June the Specialised Criminal Court upheld 14 death sentences against protesters, including a disabled young man Mounir al-Ahdam, amid fears their execution could be expedited.

Source: Reprieve, June 17, 2017

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Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017