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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: Two Prisoners Hanged in Public

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Iran Human Rights (JULY 4 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public on rape charges.

The hangings were carried out in the city of Torbat-e Heydarieh (Razavi Khorasan province) on the sidelines of a sports complex.

According to a report by the state-run news agency, Jam News, the public executions were carried out on Tuesday July 4 on Abshar Street. 

The report identifies the prisoners' ages as 26 and 30.

According to the local state-run news site, Taban Torbat, the executions were carried out by Judicial and security forces.

There are many cases in Iran of public executions carried out in sports stadiums. 

Human rights groups and sports federations have repeatedly objected to these executions. Photos from this execution have not been released to the public.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 5, 2017

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