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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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Arkansas Got Execution Drug Made by Resistant Manufacturer

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Court documents show that one of the three drugs Arkansas planned to use in a lethal injection this week was made by a New York company that says it won't sell its products if it fears they'll be used in executions.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of the three drugs Arkansas planned to use in a lethal injection this week was made by a New York company that says it won't sell its products if it fears they'll be used in executions, court documents released Wednesday show.

A package insert and drug label for the state's supply of midazolam released by the state in Pulaski County Circuit Court identifies Athenex as the maker of the drug, one of three used in Arkansas' lethal injection process. The insert was included as part of an affidavit filed by state Correction Department officials.

The affidavit was filed the day after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce ordered the Department of Correction to release a copy of the insert to Steven Shults, an attorney who had sued the state for the document. The Arkansas Supreme Court last week ruled that a state law keeping the source of Arkansas' execution drugs secret applied to suppliers and sellers, but not drug manufacturers. Pierce ruled Wednesday that other information on the drug label that could be used to identify the drug's seller can be withheld.

An Athenex spokesman, Jim Polson, said that however the state acquired its drug, it would have violated Athenex's agreements with distributors barring the use of its products in executions. The company said in a statement posted on its website Wednesday that it "does not want any of our products used in capital punishment."

"Athenex does not accept orders from correctional facilities and prison systems for products believed to be part of certain states' lethal injection protocols," the company said in the statement. "Further, Athenex distributors and wholesalers have agreements with Athenex not to sell or distribute any such products to these facilities. Athenex does not distribute these products through wholesalers unwilling to implement distribution control to prevent capital punishment."

Arkansas has planned to use the drug Thursday to put convicted murderer Jack Greene to death, but the state Supreme Court halted his execution Tuesday so that it can consider a lawsuit related to claims that Greene is severely mentally ill. The state is not appealing that order.

Arkansas has not executed an inmate since April, when the state put four murderers to death over an eight-day period. The state originally planned to execute eight inmates that month, before its previous supply of midazolam expired, but four executions were halted by the courts.

In response to an open records request from The Associated Press, the state also released the labels for its two other lethal injection drugs, which had previously been identified through news reports and court filings. The labels showed the state's supply of vecuronium bromide was made by Hospira, which the AP identified as the likely manufacturer last year. Pfizer, Hospira's parent company, earlier this year said a distributor sold the drug to Arkansas without the pharmaceutical company's knowledge. A lawsuit is pending before the state Supreme Court over the distributor's claims that Arkansas misleadingly obtained the drug.

The state's supply of potassium chloride was made by APP Pharmaceuticals, a division of Fresenius Kabi. Fresenius Kabi and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp., the maker of Arkansas' previous supply of midazolam, tried unsuccessfully to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs in April's executions.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled Greene's execution after state officials said they had obtained a new midazolam supply. The state said it paid $250 in cash for enough of the drug to carry out two executions.

Source: The Associated Press, November 8, 2017


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