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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: Seven Prisoners Including Pakistani Citizens Hanged in Sistan & Baluchestan

Iran: A corrupt theocracy meting out barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: A corrupt theocracy meting out barbaric and medieval punishments
Seven prisoners were reportedly executed in prisons located in the Sistan & Baluchestan province. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 16 2017): In the past few days, seven prisoners, including two Pakistani citizens, were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central and Iranshahr prisons.

On the morning of Thursday July 13, a prisoner by the name of Sharif Reigi was reportedly executed on murder charges at Zahedan Central Prison (Sistan & Baluchestan province, eastern Iran). 

According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, Mr. Reigi was transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday July 9 in preparation for execution.

On Saturday July 15, three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on drug related charges. 

The prisoners have been identified as Sheikh Mohammad Baluchzehi, 50 years of age, Kabir Dehghanzehi, 21 years of age, and Dadmohammad Dehghanzehi. 

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday July 13 in preparation for execution. 

Dadmohammad and Kabir were reportedly Pakistani citizens who were arrested eight years ago. According to a report by the Baluch Activists Campaign, Kabir was 13 years old at the time of his arrest. This report says that Kabir had travelled to Iran for driving lessons. Iran Human Rights has not been able to confirm Kabir's exact age at the time of his arrest.

On the morning of Sunday July 16, two prisoners were reportedly hanged on murder charges at Zahedan Central Prison. The prisoners have been identified as Yousef Bozorgzadeh, 46 years of age, and Ebrahim Damani. Yousef was reportedly arrested eleven years ago.

Also on Sunday, a prisoner was reportedly executed on drug related charges at Iranshahr Prison (Sistan & Baluchestan province, southern Iran). The prisoner has been identified as Abdoljalil Shahli, arrested seven years ago.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced any of these executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 16, 2017

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