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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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Israel: Netanyahu demands death penalty for Halamish terrorist

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Visiting bereaved Salomon family, PM says government’s position supports execution for ‘such a base murderer’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said he supports the death penalty for the terrorist who killed three members of the Salomon family on Friday night.

“The death penalty for terrorists –- it’s time to implement it in severe cases,” Netanyahu said in a conversation with family members of the victims, a video of which was posted on the prime minister’s Twitter account.

“It’s anchored in the law. You need the judges to rule unanimously on it, but if you want to know the government’s position and my position as prime minister –- in a case like this, of a base murderer like this -– he should be executed. He should simply not smile anymore.”

On Friday evening, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, from a nearby West Bank village, burst in to the Salomon family’s house in the West Bank settlement of Halamish armed with a large knife and stabbed to death Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36. Yosef’s wife Tova, 68, was seriously hurt. The family was celebrating the birth of a grandson.

Halamish, where 3 were killed by terrorist during birthday celebration.
Halamish, where 3 were killed by terrorist during birthday celebration.
During the attack, Abed was shot and injured by an off-duty Israeli soldier who lives nearby. He was discharged from an Israeli hospital into custody on Saturday.

On Sunday Netanyahu called Abed “a human beast infused with the hatred of Jews.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday urged Israeli military courts to seek the death penalty for Abed after Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz had initiated the demand on Saturday night.

In Israel, the death penalty is applicable only in limited circumstances, and has only been carried out once, in 1962, against the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Final Solution.

The Knesset has several times rejected legislation that would apply the death penalty to Palestinian terrorists.

The army said it appeared Abed had posted a Facebook post detailing his intention as he walked toward the community. Before crossing the fence, he apparently performed some type of purification ritual, anticipating he would be killed. Empty water bottles and a Quran were found at the site.

In his initial questioning, Abed said he bought the knife two days ago and sought to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Source: TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF, The Associated Press, July 27, 2017

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