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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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Indonesia Put to Death 79 Drug Dealers, Rehabilitated 1,523 Addicts in 2017

BNN Drug bust
Jakarta. In 2017, the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, killed 79 drug dealers in raids across the country, recorded 465,070 drug-related cases, and rehabilitated 1,523 addicts, a top official said on Wednesday (27/12).

"There is a narcotics emergency, we take tougher measures to overcome the crime," BNN head Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso Budi said during a year-end press conference in Jakarta.

Budi said 580,365 people have been arrested this year in drug-related cases.

He added that BNN is closely cooperating with the Directorate General of Customs in combating the crime.

Customs director general Heru Pambudi said the cooperation is necessary, as most of the drugs sold in Indonesia come from abroad.

"We seized 2,2124 tons of narcotics this year, [last year] it was 1.1 tons," he said.

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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo last year ordered rehabilitation of 100,000 drug users.

Unfortunately, only 1,523 people could undergo therapy, due to limited availability of beds at rehabilitation centers. However, the quality of rehabilitation programs has improved, Budi said.

"We have improved our facilities in January 2017 … we can guarantee that those who finish the rehabilitation programs are clean [of drugs]."

Source: Jakarta Globe, Telly Nathalia, December 27, 2017


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